A TRIO of Eurovision-winners are coming to a South Tyneside theatre for some skirt-ripping fun.
Formerly of Bucks Fizz are hitting the Customs House, in South Shields, on Friday, April 24.
The group is made up of original Bucks Fizz members Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston, who won the Eurovision Song Contest with famous track Making Your Mind Up in 1981, and special guest singer Bobby McVay.
Cheryl said she’s heard good things about the Mill Dam venue.
She said: “I don’t think I’ve ever been to the Customs House before, but I’ve heard wonderful things.
“I’m friends with Joe McElderry, we met when we did Popstar to Operastar together, and I’ve asked him about the venue.
“He said it’s lovely and that we’ll have a great time and you’ll all look after us.
“We’re in rehearsals at the minute and we’re just having a fantastic time. I’m absolutely loving it.
“When we won Eurovision, we didn’t have time to think about it, there was that instant fame and the single was a hit all over Europe and Australia, South America, Japan – we were in all of these places because of this competition.
“The skirt rip still gets a phenomenal reaction.
“Even if we are a bit longer in the tooth these days, people seem to still enjoy it.” Cheryl says the group is hoping to create a party atmosphere when they perform in South Shields.
She said: “People who come along will get all the old favourites and some of the top 20 stuff, as well as some album tracks.
“We’re hoping it’ll be like being at a party. We don’t have a support act, it’ll be us doing the first and second acts and hopefully by the end we’ll have everybody up dancing.
“Being a singer is what I always wanted to do and winning Eurovision was my dream, so I’ve been a very lucky girl.
The skirt rip still gets a phenomenal reaction, especially when people aren’t really expecting it.Cheryl Baker, Formerly of Bucks Fizz member
“The North East for us has always been a fantastic place.
“Even when we were in the bus crash in Newcastle in 1984 and in hospital, everyone was just so wonderful to us.”
Tickets for the 7.45pm gig cost £21.
To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call the box office on 454 1234.