‘Sunderland Illuminations’ ready for the crowds

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VISITORS to Sunderland will be stepping into a wonderland of lights by the seaside.

Invited guests were given a sneak peek at the Sunderland Illuminations last night ahead of the official switch on at the weekend.

They're back! Sunderland Iluminations 2014 will be officially open to all from Saturday evening.'Roker Park lake looking stunning as light fountains dance in time to the music!

They're back! Sunderland Iluminations 2014 will be officially open to all from Saturday evening.'Roker Park lake looking stunning as light fountains dance in time to the music!

Building on the success of last year’s Roker Park Lights, this year’s event will include several new features along Roker and Seaburn, including the former Seaburn fountain being recreated with lights.

Staff from the famous Blackpool Illuminations have helped bring the Sunderland lights to life and visitors to Roker Park will see Lewis Carroll’s classic tale Alice in Wonderland being retold by several larger than life light installations and The Fairy Dell has also returned this year.

Visitors can enjoy the colourful dancing fountains and during October half-term there will be a full programme of free craft activities and family entertainment.

Councillor John Kelly, Sunderland City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, said: “The displays will not only add to the beauty and atmosphere of the fantastic Roker Park and newly-refurbished seafront, but will also thrill and excite children of all ages.

“Working with our partners at Sunderland Live, the displays are getting bigger and better each year.”

On sale throughout the event will be a special illuminations booklet, which includes activities and a hunt the rabbit trail.

Chris Alexander, chief operating officer at Sunderland Live, said: “After seeing Roker Park play host to thousands of visitors last year, we always knew that we wanted to make this year’s Sunderland Illuminations even bigger.

“This event has a special place in the hearts of Sunderland’s residents and this year we have made sure that there will be plenty for families not only to see, but also to get involved with.”

The illuminations run from tomorrow until Sunday, November 2, and Roker Park will stay open every evening until 9pm.