UKIP candidates in South Tyneside will be out in force at South Shields’ Market Place this weekend for the official launch of their general and local elections campaign.
Party members will be setting up a stall in the market from 10am on Saturday.
It’s a chance for the borough public to chat to the candidates, pick up literature and learn about UKIP policies locally and nationally.
Among those in attendance will be Steve Harrison, who is representing UKIP at the general election in Jarrow, and Norman Dennis, who is fighting the South Shields constituency for the party.
The gathering comes amid UKIP hopes that they will have representatives standing in all 18 wards being contested in the borough on Thursday, May 7.
Mr Harrison, who is also standing for a council seat in Monkton, said: “We have had nine new members join the party locally in the last week alone and we’re getting a good response on the doorstep.
“Everyone is welcome to come along to the market and find out what we’re all about.”
Other candidates in the South Shields Parliamentary election are: Emma Lewell-Buck (Labour), Richard Oliver (Conservative), Shirley Ford (Green), Gita Gordon (Liberal Democrats).
The other candidates in the Jarrow Parliamentary election are: Stephen Hepburn (Labour), Nick Mason (Conservative), David Herbert (Green), Stan Collins (Liberal Democrats), Norman Hall (Trade Union Socialist Coalition).