Over the weekend of August 19th and 20th, prominent landmarks throughout Sunderland will be illuminated, coming together in a display of support and homage for the England women’s football team.

The Lionesses are playing Spain in the World Cup final on Sunday following the semi-final victory over Australia.

Landmarks are being lit overnight on both Saturday and Sunday in the England colours of red and white. The Northern Spire bridge, Keel Square, Fulwell Mill, Seaburn Lighthouse, Hylton Castle and Penshaw Monument will all be lit from dusk to dawn.

Variable Message Signs for traffic on the city’s main highways routes are also wishing the Lionesses ‘good luck’.

Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Graeme Miller said: “Once again, the Lionesses have had a fantastic tournament and delivered a tremendous run of results in a string of very exciting games. They are continuing to draw the adulation and admiration of all fans and pull in many new ones as they help raise the profile of women’s football even further.”

Sunderland has strong connections to the Lionesses as the team’s second most capped player midfielder Jill Scott was born in the city, and former squad players Steph Houghton, Lucy Bronze and Beth Mead all played for Sunderland AFC Ladies.

Cllr Miller added: “We’ve seen marvellous matches, a great team spirit, some absolutely cracking goals, and they’re creating football history. Let’s all wish them the very best in the final – Ha’way the Lionesses.”

Sunderland also lit its landmarks for the Lionesses in 2022 when they played Germany at Wembley and won the UEFA Women’s Championship.

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