All the fun of the village fair as people fill the streets for South Shields celebration

A traditional village fair drew in a huge crowd today as people gathered together to watch performances and take in a host of stalls.

Saturday, 16th June 2018, 5:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 5:08 pm
Westoe Village Fair was supported by scores of people.
Westoe Village Fair was supported by scores of people.

Westoe Village Fair has been held for 30 years and is organised by its residents' association.

Funds collected from the day go to help good causes who are seeking support, with collections held in the streets, cash raised through stall fees and the proceeds of sales, activities and refreshments offered by the neighbours.

Westoe Village Fair was supported by scores of people.

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Today's event featured Bollywood dancers, the Living Waters Marching Band and line dancers from St Clare's Hospice.

Singer India Mason also performed, as did the Harton Harmonisers choir.

Stalls included tombolas, tarot card reading, bric-a-brac, hot drinks, hot dogs and burgers, while Radio South Tyneside hosted the shows and played music.

Debbie Fenwick, a resident and member of the association, is a member of the team who brought together the event.

The St Clares's line dancers performing at the fair.

She said: "It's great to see so many people come this year and it feels like we've had thousands in the street.

"People started arriving from 9.30am this morning and it was good to see people so keen.

"It's love to see everybody come along and it's good for Shields, it's a little bit of tradition and we will try and keep it going for as long as we can."

Among those to benefit in previous years has been Westoe Brass Band, which was supported by the funds as its members had their uniforms renewed.

Living Waters Band entertaining spectators at Westoe Village Fair.
Living Waters Band on parade.
Radio South Tyneside's stall drew in support from visitors to the fair.