A NEW team of children’s entertainers has been lined up to bring laughter to youngsters this summer.
After the retirement of much-loved character Tommy the Trumpeter last year, South Tyneside Council has recruited a line-up of new faces.
Magic Andrew, Rent-a-Gob Jordy Cernik, fun-loving circus character Ovi the Clown and magician Tony Junior will take to the amphitheatre this summer as part of a new programme of free family activities.
The line-up was revealed on the day a commemorative plaque was unveiled for Tommy the Trumpeter – Ray Spencer MBE – marking 25 years of entertaining youngsters.
The plaque featuring a picture of Tommy has been installed in the centre of the amphitheatre where his famous parties were held every August, attracting hundreds of families to the seafront.
Mr Spencer said: “It’s a real honour to have my 25 years as Tommy the Trumpeter commemorated in this way and to have my name permanently etched in the amphitheatre floor, just like a star on the walk of fame.
“I will miss the fancy dress, gunging and other crazy games that came with Tommy and his parties, but I’m sure that this year’s entertainers will do a cracking job and keep the kids laughing all summer long.”
The summer festival kicks off next month. It runs until the end of August and features free live music and entertainment events for people of all ages.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson, who is a huge fan of Tommy the Trumpeter, said: “Tommy is an extremely hard act to follow but we’ve managed to pull together an amazing line-up of North East entertainers who’ll no doubt wow the crowds at our twice-weekly Kids Fun-Fest events.
“This is a new chapter for the South Tyneside summer festival, and we’re excited about what lies ahead.”
For more information on the summer festival, including the Kids Fun-Fest events, which start on July 29, visit www.southtyneside.info/summerfestival or search for South Tyneside events on Facebook or Twitter @STynesideEvents