Sunshine on Shields as The Proclaimers and Lindisfarne hit the stage

The Proclaimers on stage at Bents Park, South Shields.
The Proclaimers on stage at Bents Park, South Shields.

There was no need to walk 500 miles to see The Proclaimers this weekend.

The Scottish duo played to a packed crowd of around 26,000 people at Bents Park, South Shields, on Sunday.

Some of the crowd at the Bents Park event.

Some of the crowd at the Bents Park event.

They were joined on stage at the Sea Road venue by North East music legends Lindisfarne and singer Beth Macari at the second Sunday gig of the South Tyneside Festival.

The Proclaimers - twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid – had the crowd singing along to a string of their hits, including I’m Gonna be (500 Miles), I’m On My Way, Let’s Get Married and Letter From America.

Before taking to the stage, Craig said: “We’re very excited, the sun’s came out and went back in but we’re very excited to get out on the stage.

“The audiences in the North East of England have always been – outside of Scotland – pretty much the strongest for us. People get into it.”

Lindisfarne on stage at the Bents Park event.

Lindisfarne on stage at the Bents Park event.

Charlie added: “We’re here in the North East regularly, we were in Whitley Bay a wee while ago, we do small towns and Newcastle City Hall regularly, so we have lots of good memories.”

The brothers are best known for their song I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) but say they had no idea how popular it would be.

Craig said: “We knew it was certainly infectious and would probably be a single and if it got some play that it would be some kind of hit, which it was, but how big it became we didn’t have any idea.”

Regional favourite Lindisfarne also wowed the crowd with renditions of their songs, including Run For Home, Fog on the Tyne and Meet Me On The Corner.

All smiles from some of the crowd at the event.

All smiles from some of the crowd at the event.

Before the gig, band member Rod Clements said: “Every North East gig we play, whether it’s Newcastle City Hall at Christmas or a big summer event like this, there’s something very special about being on home turf.”

Dave Hull-Denholm added: “We’re lucky enough to have a lot of songs that have become part of the fabric of Tyneside so we’re on to a winner really before we’ve even been on.”

Rod said: “We’ve got a few songs with obviously local content, Fog on the Tyne being the obvious one, and there’s another one we’ve got up our sleeves, and they’re all sing-along songs.”

Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley will take to the stage next Sunday.

The Proclaimers on stage at Bents Park, South Shields.

The Proclaimers on stage at Bents Park, South Shields.

Rod Clements of Lindisfarne.

Rod Clements of Lindisfarne.

Some of the crowd at the Bents Park event.

Some of the crowd at the Bents Park event.

Lindisfare on stage at Bents Park event.

Lindisfare on stage at Bents Park event.

Beth Macari at the Bents Park event.

Beth Macari at the Bents Park event.

Some of the crowd at the Bents Park event.

Some of the crowd at the Bents Park event.