Were you fooled? Here’s our April Fool story from this morning:
The FAMOUS Echo Man is going up in the world.
The familiar figure on the side of our building at Pennywell has charted the triumphs – or otherwise – of the Black Cats for generations.
Now, as we gear up to move to a new home at Rainton Bridge, ‘Scorer’ is being transferred.
The neon figure is moving to a new home, taking pride of place atop Sunderland Empire.
He will replace the statue of Terpsichore, which blew down in January’s high winds.
It appears shockingly few people have a working knowledge of the Greek muses these days – one person had heard of Polymnia, but thought it was something you had to get a cream for.Theatre spokeswoman Faye Kydee
Theatre bosses hope the Wearside icon will project a more up-to-date image than the rather staid Greek muse of the dance.
“We asked people what Terpsichore meant to them, but most of them thought it was something you use to clean your paintbrushes,” said spokeswoman Faye Kydee.
“It appears shockingly few people have a working knowledge of the Greek muses these days – one person had heard of Polymnia, but thought it was something you had to get a cream for.
“However, an anthropomorphised football with just three expressions – one of them, let’s be honest, barely used – enjoyed almost total brand recognition.”
In a first for the Empire, Scorer will be set on a revolving platform, allowing him to be viewed front-on from anywhere around the theatre.
Every hour, on the hour, the neon figure will light up red and white, while a link to buy tickets for the theatre’s upcoming shows on-line is automatically texted to every phone within a half-mile radius.
Terpsichore was portrayed with a laurel wreath held aloft, but Scorer comes in three different poses, from triumph to tragedy, depending on the Black Cats’ latest result.
Empire bosses are planning to save money by only connecting one set of arms to the mains.
“Sunderland have had so many draws this season, it hardly seem worthwhile bothering with the ‘win’ or ‘lose’ options,” said Miss Kydee.
“In the event we can find the money to animate a second position for Scorer, we will leave it up to people to guess which one it will be.”
Work to put Scorer in place is already under way and he is set to be unveiled in his new home later today, April 1.