Landmarks to stay lit in red and white to celebrate Sunderland AFC's Wembley triumph
Sunderland landmarks will remain lit up in red and white for a further two nights in tribute to Sunderland AFC’s Wembley win.
Northern Spire bridge, Hylton Castle, the Beacon, Keel Square, Fulwell Mill, the white lighthouse at Seaburn, Market Square and High Street West were lit up in the club's colours over the weekend to cheer the team on.
Following SAFC's triumph over Tranmere Rovers to lift the Papa John trophy on Sunday, the landmarks and lighting features will remain red and white from dusk on Monday and Tuesday night (March 15 and 16).
The lads beat Tranmere Rovers 1-0 bringing a 48-year Wembley hoodoo to an end.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, fans were unable to go to the match this time around – but they were still able to share their delight as they celebrated the final result from home.
Councillor Graeme Miller, Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: "A win at Wembley is something many of us have only dared to dream of, so yesterday's victory is fantastic news for the fans, the club and the city. Hopefully it will spur the team on in their campaign for league promotion.
"While it's a real shame that none of the fans were able to be there to cheer the team on, it's entirely right that we should celebrate their success by lighting our landmarks in the team's colours.
"I'd also like to pay tribute to the fans for taking heed of public health messages by celebrating the win safely at home."