South Tyneside Good Friday parades: Everything you need to know

Last year's parade.
Last year's parade.

Hundreds of people are expected to take part in a series of traditional Good Friday parades throughout South Tyneside.

In South Shields, there will be three Processions of Witness on Good Friday ( April 14), organised by the Sunday School Union.

Last year's parade.

Last year's parade.

One march will congregate at Living Waters Church in Laygate at 9am, before making its way along through Bedford Avenue, towards Westoe Road, past South Shields Town Hall and along Fowler Street and Keppel Street, where the parade will be joined by marchers from The People’s Mission Church, arriving via Mile End Road.

The parade will continue on to South Shields Market Place for a service at 10am before returning via the same route.

The Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Couns Alan and Moira Smith, will be at South Shields Market Place for the service before moving on to West Park bandstand.

The West Park procession will leave West Harton Methodist Church at 9.30am.

It will march along Harton Lane and into Talbot Road, where it will be joined by the Talbot Road Methodist Church procession at Westcott Road.

The parade will then move along Ashley Road and Stanhope Road to West Park, for a service at 10am.

Following the service, the groups will return to their respective churches by the same route.

Another group of marchers at Horsley Hill will leave Marsden Road Baptist Tabernacle at 9.20am, making their way to Harton Primary School in East Avenue, via Barbour Avenue, Felton Avenue and Centenary Avenue for a 10am service.

Following the service, the marchers will return to Marsden Road by the same route.

The Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress, Coun Olive Punchion and Mrs Mary French, will also attend a service at Jarrow Viking Centre (near the wooden hut) at 10.30am ahead of a service at the Salvation Army in Monkton Road at 11am.

A series of road closures will be in place throughout the morning to accommodate the processions. Drivers are advised to follow the diversions.