A BIG cash boost helped launched this year’s action-packed Jarrow Festival.
This week’s festival includes something for all the family, from music to a medieval fair and from art to an exhibition about the town’s history.
Chemical firm Rohm and Haas, in Ellison Street, provided sponsorship of £1,500, while members of Jarrow and Boldon community area forum agreed a £5,000 grant towards the eight-day festival.
Festival committee secretary Sue Topping said: “As we celebrate the 26th Jarrow Festival, we remember the history and culture of a small town with a big heart.
“There will be a big mix of events, ending with a finale fun day at Primrose Community Centre, in Lambton Terrace, on Sunday.
“Community associations Hedworthfield, Low Simonside, Perth Green and Primrose will all be hosting events and family fun days.
“Despite the difficult times we are facing financially, the 2014 Jarrow Festival will still draw together members of our community. Thanks are given once again to Jarrow and Boldon forum and Rohm and Haas for its support, along with small businesses and community associations, who have supported the festival leaflet.”
The festival started on Friday with exhibitions by Jarrow Art Group and Jarrow and Hebburn Local History Society at Grange Road Baptist Church.
Festival chairman The Reverend Roy Merrin said: “Once again, the Jarrow Festival has brought the community together, with a host of events for all the family. There was a good turn-out for the exhibitions at our church on the opening day, which bodes well for the whole week of the festival.”
Pick up leaflets from Jarrow Library or community centres.