2,000 flock to South Tyneside culture highlights

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A PAIR of South Tyneside culture spots enjoyed a Bank Holiday bonanza as more than 2,000 residents flocked to the borough in just two days.

Attractions ranging from Roman soldiers to galactic stormtroopers proved a big hit during the Easter break at both Arbeia Roman Fort and South Shields Museum and Art Gallery.

An army of nearly 1,000 history lovers marched to Arbeia Roman Fort in Baring Street, on Good Friday, to see Roman re-enactors Quinta kick-start the 2013 programme of events with an eye-opening demonstration of authentic weapons and equipment. Moving on from historical fact to science fiction, a bumper crowd of more than 1,400 packed into South Shields Museum and Art Gallery in Ocean Road, a day later for a science fiction fair featuring a whole host of stalls and a chance to meet characters from galaxies far, far away.

Museum bosses were delighted that so many people, of all ages, from across the borough enjoyed the rich array of activities on offer.

Geoff Woodward, manager of North and South Tyneside Museums at Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums, said: “We had a fantastic Easter. We always welcome a lot of people, but this year we were thrilled to see so many families.”

For details on forthcoming events, visit www.twmuseums.org.uk.