Music and theatre to take over Sunderland’s Roker Park

Picture by Rob Irving
Picture by Rob Irving
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Music and theatre will take over a coastal park this summer.

From Sunday until September, there will be a host of activities taking place in Roker Park.

They’re being organised by Friends of Roker Park voluntary group, with financial support from the Community Chest Funds of St Peter’s ward councillors on Sunderland City Council’s North Area Committee.

 The mixture of music and Shakespeare is designed to encourage even more people into the historic, award-winning park in the hope that they will become regular visitors.

 Music will be performed from the bandstand one Sunday every month, beginning on June 14 with the North Tyneside Steel Band from 2pm-4pm.

 The funding is also supporting Theatre Space North East to deliver four evening performances of Hamlet in the park on July 2, 3, 4 and 5 at 7pm.

 Speaking on behalf of ​​​the North Area Committee as ward member for St Peter’s, Councillor Julia Jackson said: “Voluntary groups like the Friends of Roker Park play a massive part in the life of our community, and the ward councillors and North Area Committee are happy to support them.

 “I’d like to thank the Friends Group for organising this fantastic outdoor entertainment over the summer months and hope everyone comes along to enjoy them.

 “The Friends of Roker were set up more than 10 years ago, and with the support of Sunderland City Council, they work with other community partners to provide an even wider range of events and activities within the park and support its environmental upkeep.”

 Chairman of The Friends of Roker Park, Ed Foster, added: “We are all committed to protecting and promoting our wonderful park, socialising and meeting regularly to discuss the best ways to achieve this and how to raise money to arrange more events.

 “Working with groups like CEED (Community Environmental Education Development), we try to provide a range of outdoor activities.”