BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live coming to South Shields - with Denise Welch playing starring role

Denise Welch will be in South Shields on July 2.

Denise Welch will be in South Shields on July 2.

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Actor Denise Welch will be in South Shields next month as a guest on a national radio programme.

BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live will broadcast from Westovian Theatre, in Pier Parade, on Saturday, July 2.

The Customs House executive director Ray Spencer will also be part of the programme.

The Customs House executive director Ray Spencer will also be part of the programme.

Denise, from Tynemouth, is a former Coronation Street and Waterloo Road star, and will be part of a show which celebrates the area's rich maritime history.

Presenters Aasmah Mir and Reverend Richard Coles will bring talk to Denise about her life and career, while there will be an interview with former long-distance runner and founder of the Great North Run, Brendan Foster.

Also featured will be Ray Spencer, the executive director of The Customs House, in Mill Dam, South Shields, who will be accordingly dressed in maritime costume.

JP Devlin will speak to members of the audience with extraordinary stories to share, and he will reveal what happened when he followed up a listener email and went to the reunion of the Double Decker Club, who set off on a holiday across Europe in the summer of 1964, on a red double decker bus purchased from London Transport.

Other features of the day will include a live performance from English folk group The Wilson Family, and the broadcast of singer-songwriter Chris Rea’s Inheritance Tracks, featuring music he treasures and would like to pass on to future generations.

South Shields is the first stop for Saturday Live, as it embarks on a four-week road trip to some of the UK’s best seaside destinations, with Tenby, Morecambe and Cromer to follow.

Saturday Live will broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 from South Shields on July 2, between 9am and 10.30am.

Members of the public can apply for free tickets on the BBC Shows and Tours website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/saturday_live_2jul16