South Shields Town Hall set to turn purple to raise pancreatic cancer awareness

South Shields Town Hall turned blue last year to mark World Diabetes Day, and will now be turning purple.
South Shields Town Hall turned blue last year to mark World Diabetes Day, and will now be turning purple.

South Shields Town Hall is set to turn purple next week as part of a cancer awareness campaign.

The historic building, on Westoe Road, will be taking part in Pancreatic Cancer Action’s turn it purple campaign next Friday.

It is wonderful that our superb South Shields Town Hall will be joining iconic buildings

Coun Richard Porthouse

This is pancreatic cancer awareness month, and it is hoped the Town Hall’s change in colour will help to generate discussion and awareness of the symptoms of the disease. Every year, almost 9,000 people will be newly-diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and due to late diagnosis, will be faced with a 3% survival chance, and an average life expectancy of three to six months.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse, said: “It is wonderful that our superb South Shields Town Hall will be joining iconic buildings across the world in turning purple to help highlight one of the UK’s most deadliest cancers. Hopefully the illumination will encourage people to find out more about pancreatic cancer, the symptoms and how they can help – but most of all help get people talking and raising the awareness of pancreatic cancer.”

Pancreatic Cancer Action’s turn it purple campaign calls for businesses and individuals to highlight the fifth deadliest cancer in the UK by embracing purple – the symbolic colour for pancreatic cancer – by shining purple lights on buildings or other structures in their community. Supporters are also encouraged to wear something purple at the office, at home or at school.

To take part in turn it purple, or to find out more about pancreatic cancer, visit www.pancreaticcanceraction.org.

Last year, the Town Hall turned blue to mark World Diabetes Day.