Jarrow Festival promises fun for all the family

LAUNCH EVENT ... from left, The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham, Coun Ken Stephenson and Mayoress Stella Matthewson.
LAUNCH EVENT ... from left, The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham, Coun Ken Stephenson and Mayoress Stella Matthewson.

FINAL touches are being applied to preparations for this year’s Jarrow Festival.

Relaunched more than 20 years ago, the annual event includes something for all the family, from sports days to exhibitions and from dancing to concerts.

I hope the weather is kind to us this year and that people from throughout South Tyneside and beyond come along to join in the fun.

Coun Fay Cunningham, Mayor of South Tyneside

The Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham and Stella Matthewson, joined festival organisers at a festival launch event at Jarrow town centre on Friday.

This year’s event will kick off on Friday, 22 May, and it will offer 10 days of activities and entertainment for all the family.

Attractions include a drawing competition, exhibitions, craft sessions, live music and sports competitions.

There will also be a medieval fair at Bede’s World and an exhibition of Jarrow through the years, as well as an opportunity for budding ballroom and sequence dancers to take to the floor and show off their moves.

Activities will be held at venues across the town – the library, community associations, the Viking Centre and at local churches.

Coun Cunningham said: “The Jarrow Festival is a key highlight in the town calendar, with events to suit every age group.

“The festival is important because it brings together the community.

“I hope the weather is kind to us this year and that people from throughout South Tyneside and beyond come along to join in the fun.”