Charities invited to join in South Tyneside Festival

South Tyneside Summer Festival Cookson Parade 2009
South Tyneside Summer Festival Cookson Parade 2009

Community groups and charities are invited to take part in one South Tyneside’s biggest summer events.

 A summer fair will be held in Bents Park, South Shields, on Saturday, June 27, as part of the South Tyneside Festival.

South Shields Christmas Lights switch on - Joe McElderry

South Shields Christmas Lights switch on - Joe McElderry

 The event, open from 12.30pm until 4.30pm, is expected to attract hundreds of visitors, with live entertainment running throughout the afternoon.

 This includes performances by The Sour Dogs, State Express Five and South Tyneside Drum Young Orchestra, as well as dancing by the Benfield Morris Men, and a giant inflatable obstacle course.

 A limited number of stalls are available to hire at the event, designed specifically for community groups and charities hoping to raise funds or awareness of their activities.

 Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: “The summer fair is one of the annual highlights of the South Tyneside Festival, with thousands of visitors enjoying a day of entertainment in Bents Park.”

The summer fayre is one of the annual highlights of the South Tyenside Festival.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy council leader, said

He added: “This year we want to make sure that community groups and charities can make the most of the day too and are offering them the opportunity to raise their profile, as well as much needed funds.”

 The South Tyneside Festival, which runs from June to the end of August, offers free live entertainment and activities for all ages.

 Anyone wishing to take part is being asked to contact Julie Shearer at South Tyneside Council on 455 4031 before Friday, June 5.

 For more information and full listings go to search for South Tyneside Events on Facebook,

Music and Wonderland

As well as the Summer Fayre, highlights in this year’s Summer Festival include an Alice in Wonderland-themed parade on July 4.

Plus there will be a series of Sunday concerts, also in Bents Park, headlined by 5ive (July 12), Billy Ocean (July 19), Sophie Ellis Bextor and The Feeling (July 26).

While South Shields pop star Joe McElderry, above, will be performing on August 2, along with Collabro and Lola Saunders, from East Boldon.