Houghton Feast went with a bang last night, as hundreds of people turned out for the annual fireworks display.
The area around St Michael’s playing field in Durham Road was heaving with families for the stunning show, which was accompanied by movie soundtracks including ET, Back to the Future and even The Terminator.
Among the thrilled youngsters in the crowd were friends Katelen McGrath, nine, and brothers Logan, seven and two-year-old Jackson Schofield, from Houghton and Fence Houses.
“We come every year,” said Katelen’s mum Bethney McGrath.
“The fireworks display is always the best part of the week.
“The kids love the Feast, they love the rides, they stalls, they love everything about it.”
The kids love the Feast, they love the rides, they stalls, they love everything about it.Bethney McGrath
Bethney herself is a big fan of the Feast, too: “It just brings everyone together, which is great,” she said.
As is traditional, the job of carving the Feast’s roasted ox fell to the Mayor of Sunderland, this year Coun Doris MacKnight.
Coun MacKnight said she had been honoured and delighted to perform the ceremonial role.
“Houghton Feast is a fantastic community event and it was a great privilege to be at the traditional carving of the first slice,” she said..
“I understand the sandwiches are very popular and proceeds do, of course, go to towards local charities.
“The feast is a great opportunity to celebrate and enjoy a host of Houghton based events from exhibitions and displays to performances and parades.
“We were invited to see the start of cooking at the weekend- they take four hour shifts at turning the roast and it takes two days to cook.
“The whole Feast week has been really fabulous. We have been very busy and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.”