'Jarra Tapas' - pub's weekly show bringing the community together during lockdown

A South Tyneside pub has won praise from big names including former SAFC manager Peter Reid and local sporting star Josef Craig for its drive to bring the community together with a weekly entertainment show.

By Sam Johnson
Sunday, 17th May 2020, 6:00 am
The Lakeside Inn, Jarrow

‘Jarra’s Tapas,’ hosted by The Lakeside Inn, is encouraging the Jarrow community to show off their talents to keep the community entertained, with over 1000 people tuning in every week to see people singing, entertaining and giving thanks to the NHS.

The show has received messages of praise and encouragement from big names including actor David Morrissey, Sunderland football legend Peter Reid, and local Paralympian gold medalist Joseph Craig.

The idea came about after manager Carl Mowatt and Michael McNally wanted a way for people to stay entertained during lockdown, and were blown away by the positive response.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

Manager of the Lakeside Inn, Carl Mowatt

Carl Mowatt said: “The show is all about local people singing and having a good time, sharing some moral support for the NHS and having a bit of fun in challenging times.”

Despite being remaining closed under coronavirus restrictions, the Lakeside Inn team is already working hard and planning for its return, whenever that may be.

Carl said the pub has plenty of fresh ideas for its reopening, including opening a new VIP area, a new menu and is already taking bookings for weddings in 2021.

Carl added: “We’re staying positive and really looking forward to reopening and welcoming customers back into the pub.”

Sunderland legend Peter Reid

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper.

Thank you

How to subscribe to the print edition

It’s easy to subscribe to your local newspaper. We have arranged a special 20 per cent off subscription offer for people to take advantage of. Visit www.localsubsplus.co.uk, choose the newspaper title, the type of subscription and enter your details.