Friday, October 6, 2017 to Sunday, October 15, 2017
Houghton Feast is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, and celebrations have a time travelling theme reflecting the area's rich cultural heritage including one of its most historically significant residents - Bernard Gilpin.
The opening ceremony 'Houghton Feast 50 : Journey through time laser show' on Friday 6 October, will see the Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Doris MacKnight switch on the Houghton Feast lights display at 7pm.
This follows a parade led by Houghton Area Youth Brass Band with schools carrying Doctor Who themed lanterns behind large dancing puppets of characters from the world famous television programme.
Also featured will be music from Hetton Lyons School Choir and young local musician Tom Mouse-Smith, 13, a pupil at Houghton's Kepier school who has performed with stars such as James Bay, Shed Seven and Catfish and the Bottlemen and appeared at music festivals such as Glastonbury and T in the Park.
The year’s Houghton Feast programme of music, arts, sports, entertainment and community events/activities includes :
- Houghton Feast Community Parade from 2pm on Saturday 7 October
- Traditional Ox Roast from 4pm on Monday 9 October
- Fantastic firework display on St Michael’s RC Primary School playing field 7.30pm on Monday 9 October
There is also a huge range of community activities taking place, with everything from heritage walks and photo exhibitions to music recitals and craft fairs. For more information on them, go to www.houghtonfeast.co.uk