Extra ferries will run for free South Shields concert

A South Tyneside Summer Festival Sunday Concert.
A South Tyneside Summer Festival Sunday Concert.
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The Shields Ferry will operate for an extra hour on Sunday, to cope with the crowds heading home from the free summer concert in Bents Park in South Shields.

The cross-Tyne service will be running until 6.45pm on Sunday, with a large crowd expected to see performances by Sophie Ellis-Bextor and boy band The Feeling.

Nexus, which owns and operated the Shields Ferry, has extended the timetable due to the huge demand the free concerts have created.

Shields Ferry Manager Carol Timlin said: “The ferry service will be in operation for an extra hour on Sunday due to the extra passenger numbers generated by the free concert in Bents Park.

“These events have been very well attended and have generated some really big crowds over the last few weeks.

“The Shields Ferry is a popular way for people to get to and from the event in South Shields, so we’re pleased to be able to extend our operations on Sunday evening.”

The free concert in Bents Park starts at 1pm on Sunday.

Here we look back at the crowds who gathered to see the last two concerts featuring Billy ocean, Atomic Kitten and 5ive.