Westoe Village Fete returns – whatever the weather

Westoe Village fete.
Westoe Village fete.

A village fete which has been uniting a South Tyneside community for more than four decades is to be staged again this weekend.

All the fun of the fair is guaranteed in Westoe Village – whatever the weather.

But organisers of the annual village fete are hoping the sun puts its hat on this Saturday.

For the past 43 years, the event has been bringing the community together through sunshine and showers, from noon to 5pm.

Stalls line the whole route of the main village thoroughfare, raffles and tombola are staged, musicians play and dancers perform.

And all the funds raised will be passed on to St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow and other charities.

The fair has been organised by Alison Mason for the last five years, with help from Wendy Wadey, who is in charge of the 60-plus stalls.

Alison is helping oversee the event again this year – even though she moved out of the village to Sunderland last October.

She’s hoping this year’s cavalcade of fun will raise more than last year’s record-breaking £4,000 for charity.

The village will be closed off from 11am, with the fun starting at noon with a performance by singing duo, and brother and sister, Sasha and David France.

At 12.30pm there will be line dancing ladies performing in support of St Clare’s Hospice and, further up the village the Harton Harmonisers will be singing at Sunnylea, where teas will also be served.

The Living Waters Youth Band will take the spotlight at 1pm, South Tyneside Hospital Radio will also be broadcasting throughout the day, and this year the barbecue will be held in The Chase.

Alison, secretary of Westoe Village Residents’ Association, said: “It’s all about creating a community spirit and everyone mucks in, with the fun going on until 

“As always we’re hoping for good weather because that always helps but we make the best of it, even if it’s raining, but it’s a lot more fun when the sun is shining.

“There’s an invitation for all to come and join the fun.”