Gap year for Sunday for Sammy showcase

A showcase featuring the North East’s top TV, stage and film stars is taking a year off, organisers have announced.

Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 8:00 am
Stars and presenters at a previous Sunday for Sammy event. Picture by John Millard.

The biennial Sunday for Sammy show, which raises money to help up-and-coming North East talent, has been reschedule for early 2023.

Trustees have decided due to the ongoing pandemic and restrictions in place to move the shows originally schedule for early 2022 to the following year.

Although the UK Covid restrictions have been relaxed in recent weeks, organisers say the overall picture is far from clear with new strains in the UK and infections on mainland Europe continuing to rise.

Sunday for Sammy stalwart Tim Healy said: “Sunday for Sammy takes many months of preparation and planning and is not viable in a socially distanced format either creatively or financially.

“Our fingers are crossed that all restrictions are lifted so we can present the shows in their traditional format.

"Obviously if circumstances change for the worse we may need to postpone again as the financial implications of re-scheduling would cause the charity major problems.

“Consequently the Trust cannot commit to the next Sunday for Sammy until 100 per cent certain we can go ahead.

"The dates are booked for 2023 and are hopeful we can bring the show back then.

"We know that this postponement will disappoint the thousands of Sunday for Sammy fans who have supported the charity for over twenty years although realistically we have no alternative due to the events of the past year.

“In the meanwhile, please keep buying the DVD’s and help us to continue our vital work supporting young performers in the North East of England.”