New sponsor added for Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Dated: 19/06/2012'Port of Tyne Chief Executive Andrew Moffat and Elected Mayor of North Tyneside Linda Harkley pictured at the mouth of the River Tyne to promote this year's Mouth of the Tyne Festival.'Fao Sarah Piggett, Port of Tyne.   #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia
Dated: 19/06/2012'Port of Tyne Chief Executive Andrew Moffat and Elected Mayor of North Tyneside Linda Harkley pictured at the mouth of the River Tyne to promote this year's Mouth of the Tyne Festival.'Fao Sarah Piggett, Port of Tyne. #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia
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AS PACE gathers for this year’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival, a new sponsor has been added.

Port of Tyne will sponsor the event, organised by North Tyneside Council, will take place between Friday, July 13, and Sunday, July 15, at Tynemouth Priory and Castle, with an exciting line-up including The Wanted and McFly as headliners.

Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne’s chief executive officer, said: “We are thrilled to be sponsoring this year’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Getting more people to the local area helps the surrounding businesses – cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops – benefiting the local community and the regional economy, so the Port of Tyne is pleased to play a part in helping to make this great event happen.”

The Playhouse Whitley Bay will kick-start the four-day festival with two acts performing on Thursday, July 12, followed by the ever popular Sunday afternoon concert, which will take place in Tynemouth Priory and Castle and feature five acts in just one afternoon. There is also dance and Latin American performances in the newly refurbished Tynemouth Station and lots of free street entertainment throughout the weekend.

Eighties synth-pop band Heaven 17 will headline the afternoon concert at Tynemouth Priory and Castle on Sunday, July 15, from noon. Other acts performing throughout the afternoon include The South – formerly The Beautiful South and North East band The Caffreys.

North Tyneside Elected Mayor Linda Arkley said: “Our partnership with Port of Tyne at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival is an important one and I am delighted to have their support once again this year.

“This is our biggest event of the year and the relationship we have with our business and community partners really adds value.”

The festival has featured The Script, James Morrison, Scouting For Girls, Alexandra Burke and Beverley Knight in previous years and has always been very popular attracting 90,000 visitors to the region last year.

For further information call (0191) 643 7409 or email events@northtyneside.gov.uk