South Tyneside prepares for annual Good Friday parades

TRADITION: The Good Friday Easter Parade and service at South Shields Market Square.
TRADITION: The Good Friday Easter Parade and service at South Shields Market Square.

THE sound of brass bands will fill the streets of South Tyneside as marchers take part in the annual Good Friday parade.

The 164th Procession of Witnesses will be weaving their way through the borough’s streets to mark the day Jesus died on the cross.

Three marches are being organised by the Sunday School Union from the Market Place, West Park, South Shields and Marsden Tabernacle.

One parade will leave Harton Lane at 9.30am, collecting the Talbot Road Methodist Church procession on Westcott Road, before progressing along Ashley Road and Stanhope Road to West Park for a service at 10.15am.

The procession will then return to Harton Lane for 11.15am.

The second group of marchers at Horsley Hill will congregate at Marsden Road Baptist Church at 9.20am and make their way to Harton Primary School in East Avenue, via Barbour Avenue, Felton Avenue and Centenary Avenue for a 10am service.

The South Shields march will congregate at 9am at Laygate before making their way along Westoe Road and past South Shields Town Hall and onto Fowler Street before finishing at South Shields Market square for a 9.50am service until 10.30am before returning the same route.

The Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham and Stella Matthewson will attend the March of Witness at South Shields Market Place at 10am.

They will then head to Jarrow Shopping Centre for a children’s service before going to the Salvation Army Citadel for a service.

The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress, Coun Richard Porthouse and his wife Pat will attend the March of Witness at West Park at 10.15am.

A series of road closures will be in place throughout the morning to accommodate the processions.

Drivers are advised to follow the diversions.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham, said: “It will be a pleasure to attend the Good Friday parades, which are a well-established highlight of the borough’s annual calendar.

“It will be lovely to see the community coming together to take part or watch this traditional spectacle.”

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