South Tyneside Summer Festival pulled record crowds

South Tyneside Summer Festival pulled a big crowd to see Hometown, Lily Brooke, The Waiters, 5ive and Atomic Kitten at Bents Park, South Shields, in July.
South Tyneside Summer Festival pulled a big crowd to see Hometown, Lily Brooke, The Waiters, 5ive and Atomic Kitten at Bents Park, South Shields, in July.
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More than 120,000 people attended events at this year’s South Tyneside Summer Festival, councillors will be told.

The figures will be presented to next week’s meeting of South Tyneside Council’s Riverside Community Area Forum during a presentation about the highlights of this year’s entertainment and activity along South Shields seafront.

The area played host to more than 70 different events including traditional favourites he South Tyneside Festival and Great North Run, and new events such as the Fake Festival concert at Bents Park.

South Tyneside Festival celebrated the most successful year in its 27-year history with an overall attendance of 123,250 –a 23% increase on 2014.

Thousands of people travelled from far and wide to see big-name acts including Billy Ocean, Atomic Kitten and 5ive.

Councillor Michael Clare, chairman of Riverside Community Area Forum, said: “We are delighted to reveal the success of this year’s programme of summer events which included the Summer Parade, free live music concerts and a host of other events along South Shields seafront.

“This year the South Tyneside Festival exceeded all of our expectations and we are now looking forward to delivering an even better programme of activity in 2016.”

The meeting will take place on Thursday at 6pm, at Mortimer Community College/Community Association, South Shields.