The festival, which also runs tomorrow and Monday, features a producers’ market, street food trucks and bars, as well as an area devoted to crafts and a host of family activities.
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“It has gone really well - it has been a very good day,” said Mark.
The couple stage around half a dozen events a year, but Marks says the annual visit to South Shields has become one of his firm favourites.
“We have been coming here for seven years now and it is an absolute pleasure for me, to be honest,” he said.
“I really look forward to this every year.”
The sun show on today’s event (most of the time, anyway) and Mark had been delighted with the numbers attending.
“We don’t have an exact count, because people are coming and going and all the time - you don’t know how long they stay - and it is a big old space.
“But it has been very busy all day. It was busy from the second we opened at 11am and it has remained pretty steady all through the day.
“It has gone really, really well and I think we have had about 6,000 people through the gate over the course of the day.”
This summer the event is also being held in Whitley Bay on the weekend of June 15 and 16 and Gosforth on the weekend of July 13 and 14.
The Great North Feast takes place at Bents Park on the Bank Holiday of 25, 26 and 27 August.