Annual camel parade in South Shields hailed as big success

Thousands of people turned out for the annual parade, in South Shields.
Thousands of people turned out for the annual parade, in South Shields.

South Tynesiders hailed the annual camel parade as a big success after thousands of people turned out for the annual event in South Shields.

The animals travelled through the town centre as part of the Christmas Wonderland Parade.

Drummers from Spark! kept the crowd entertained.

Drummers from Spark! kept the crowd entertained.

Afterwards, comments flooded into the Gazette’s Facebook page, mainly praising the parade, which also included performances by drummers from Spark! and stilt-walking shepherds.

North East band Rose Parade entertained the crowd and a fireworks display at South Shields seafront brought the evening to a close.

Laura Louise Hudson posted: “Fab night. My children throughly enjoyed it.”

Emma Watts added: “Brilliant night my kids loved it.”

“Fab night. My children throughly enjoyed it”

Laura Louise Hudson

Leanne Jay said: “Great night, we all had enjoyed it. Spark were brill. X”

Melanie Cain added: “It was a great night, well done South Tyneside Council again on another well organised family event x”

Stephanie Mohan said: “Lovely night of free entertainment, great fireworks and beautiful, well cared for animals keeping part of the story of Christmas alive. Well done South Tyneside events team.....”

Lisa Moore posted: “Brilliant night my boys loved it x”

Caz Johns added: “It was a lovely night, lovely camels and performers, Sparks were great and topped off with a fabulous fireworks display!!

“Well done STC hope it returns next year.”

Gemma Grieves said: “We had a wonderful night 1st time for us and my children loved it spark were amazing.”

However, not all were impressed.

Bev Culverwell posted: “It was depressing. Can’t believe people kicking up a fuss to keep that.

“Drumming right behind the animals was disgusting. If people really can’t think of anything to do they have empty lives.”

In contrast, Ann Wilkinson said: “And not one camel came to any harm.”