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WATCH: The spectacular opening of Sunderland's new Fire Station arts hub

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After lying derelict for two decades, last night hundreds of people turned out for the official opening of Sunderland's new Fire Station, turned arts hub.

It cost £3.5 million to transform the 107 year old building into a centre for performing arts.

More than 120 people from across the region helped to put on a spectacular opening ceremony, full of fireworks, flames and folklore.

A striking performance brought to life the story of The Lambton Worm, one of Wearside's most famous stories.

It's hoped the new arts hub will play a key role, in helping to sway the judges when it comes to the city's UK City of Culture 2021 bid.