The Christmas light switch on, which was to be carried out by X Factor favourite, Andrea Faustini, has been cancelled ahead of bad weather.
After forecasts of heavy wind and rain, organisers decided it would be in the best interest of the public’s safety and comfort to postpone the event, which was originally set on November 12.
In a statement, Andrea Winters of Sunderland Live, said: “Given the national weather forecast of high winds and rain, we have regretfully decided to postpone the Christmas Switch-On event.
“The decision was only taken after carefully considering the safety and comfort of spectators, and we will be announcing a new date as soon as possible.”
It is hoped that a new date can be set, when many more people can attend the event in better weather conditions to celebrate the beginning of the festive season in Sunderland.