A series of seaside concerts in South Tyneside have been hailed a success.
This year’s South Tyneside Festival saw a host of big-name acts play four free concerts in Bents Park, South Shields.
The festival, organised by South Tyneside Council, also includes a parade, kids’ parties and a variety of events throughout the borough.
The concerts kicked off on Sunday, July 12 with 90s pop stars Atomic Kitten and 5ive.
About 20,000 people turned up to see the acts, as well as Irish boy band HomeTown, the Gazette’s Young Performer of the Year 2014 Lily Brooke and South Shields band The Waiters, who won Young Performer of the Year in 2013.
The following week, on Sunday, July 19, record crowds of about 24,000 people turned up to see soul legend Billy Ocean, ’70s diva Gwen Dickey and Jarrow’s Abi Garrido, our Young Performer of the Year 2012.
This year’s events have been a perfect mix of acts to cater for both young and old alike, and their popularity has been shown by record-breaking crowds.The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse
The event was so popular that the gates had to be closed halfway through the concert.
On Sunday, July 26, 14,000 people visited Bents Park to see performances by songstress Sophie Ellis-Bextor and pop rock band The Feeling, as well as South Shields singer Cortney Dixon.
At the weekend, a North East Stars concert saw performances by South Shields X Factor winner Joe McElderry, East Boldon X Factor finalist Lola Saunders and Britain’s Got Talent champs Collabro – including Washington’s Jamie Lambert – alongside this year’s Young Performer of the Year, Eve Simpson, 16, from Jarrow.
19,000 people came from across the UK to see the acts on stage.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse, said: “Sunday’s concert was amazing. The crowds were entertained in style and it was wonderful to see so many people supporting home-grown, North East talent.
“This year’s events have been a perfect mix of acts to cater for both young and old alike, and their popularity has been shown by record-breaking crowds. I have received feedback from across the country, praising the council for providing such great, free entertainment.”