Walking in a summer wonderland for Summer Parade in South Shields

Moya Goodyear with Matt Fox and Paul Shriek and one of this year's eye-catching Summer Parade floats
Moya Goodyear with Matt Fox and Paul Shriek and one of this year's eye-catching Summer Parade floats

Festival-goers will be walking in a summer wonderland as South Tyneside goes on parade this weekend.

The annual Summer Festival Parade will see roads closed in South Shields tomorrow for the event which, this year, has an Alice in Wonderland theme.

An array of colourful floats, carrying characters such as the Mad Hatter and Alice herself, will wow the crowds as the borough pays homage to Lewis Carroll’s classic tale on its 150th anniversary.

Literature will be brought to life by parade artistic director and leading fashion designer Paul Shriek. Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “I’m sure it will be a fitting tribute to Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland.”

The Summer Parade, sponsored by Careline Lifestyle, will feature live performances by The Military Marching Band, classical music act, Silken Strings and vocalist Jayne McKenzie, who will also perform at Bents Park after the event.

The parade sets off from South Shields Town Hall at 1pm, travelling along Fowler Street, Ocean Road and Sea Road to Bents Park.

I’m sure it will be a fitting tribute to Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland.

Claypath Lane and Percy Street will be closed between 8am and 1.30pm to allow parade entries to be marshalled. Meanwhile, parts of Westoe Road, Fowler Street, Ocean Road and Sea Road will be closed between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

l Road closures will also be in place on South Shields seafront beside Haven Point on Sunday as the borough hosts the South Tyneside Festival Triathlon.

Roads affected include Sea Road and part of the Coast Road to the Marsden Inn roundabout from 6.30am until noon.