PICTURES: Fun in the sun on St George’s Day

HAPPY South Tynesiders made the most of the sunshine as they celebrated St George’s Day.

Scores of people flocked to the seafront at South Shields yesterday to make the most of the warm spell, which saw highs of 17C.

FUN IN THE SUN ... three-year-old Ella Ogden from Jarrow with her dog Belle on Sandhaven Beach in South Shields.

FUN IN THE SUN ... three-year-old Ella Ogden from Jarrow with her dog Belle on Sandhaven Beach in South Shields.

Two horses even had a splash about at Sandhaven beach in a bid to cool off, while many youngsters enjoyed an ice cream in South Marine Park.

Also enjoying the sun’s rays, and marking St George’s Day, were sixth form students from Epinay Business and Enterprise School, who are based at Bede’s World in Jarrow.

The pupils used the museum’s amphitheatre to act out the heroic story of St George and his dragon- slaying skills.

However, their version of events had quite a modern twist.

Diane Grey, community development manager for Hive radio – which is also based at Bede’s World, said: “The students had researched the story of St George as part of their lessons, but they had decided to give it a more modern twist and also brought in parts of the popular Hunger Games series.

“They also had a hilarious Benny Hill- style sketch of St George chasing the dragon round. Everyone had a right giggle.

“They performed the short play three times and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.”

However, sun lovers shouldn’t pack their winter woollies away just yet as the Met Office is predicting that the weekend – in particular tomorrow – will be a washout.

Forecasts say that temperatures are unlikely to be any higher than 12C, and could even be as low at 2C by Sunday.

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