Your name up in lights at Sunderland Illuminations

A huge illuminated dome will take centre stage at this year’s Festival of Light in Roker Park during the annual Sunderland Illuminations.

Measuring 18 metres across the ‘Sunderland Sphere ‘ is a new addition to this year’s event, providing up to 00 visitors a night with the chance to have their messages to loved ones displayed up in lights on the huge spherical screens for everyone to see.   

Sunderland City Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said:  "Every year we try to make the Illuminations and Festival of Light even better than the last one, and add something new to the old favourites.

"People loved the award winning 'Heart Beat’ 3D light sculpture last year where they completed the circuit to light up a giant heart shape, and this year we're  providing something even more interactive.

"When people book their tickets online to visit the Festival of Light, there's also the chance to pay £5 to have messages to their loved ones, friends and family displayed up in lights on the 'Sunderland Sphere' for everyone to enjoy."

The online ticket only Festival of Light in Roker Park runs Thursday-Sunday from October 18 until November 18, with the exception of Sunday 11 November, with gates also open every night of the October half term week (22-26 October).

The Illuminations run along the seafront from Seaburn to Roker are open every evening 4 – 9.30pm apart from 11 November.   

Head of Events at Sunderland City Council, Victoria French added: “The Sunderland Illuminations and Festival of Light attracts people from all over the region, and we’re doing everything we can to make their visit a great one.

“There’s a park and ride system in place and increased public transport services to get people to and from the seafront, online tickets into Roker Park to see the lights display so you can avoid queues, and a mixture new attractions and old favourites for everyone to enjoy.”   

 Click here to get your messages on the sphere so you can see them when you visit the event.

Tickets for the Festival of Light and more information about the event can be found here: www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk/illuminations 

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