Bus parade for Whitley’s Wembley winners

THE heroes of Whitley Bay FC will be paraded around the town centre this weekend to honour their success in the FA Carlsberg Vase.

The record breaking squad will be on an open-bus tour on Sunday May 15 which will travel through the town, starting at 12 noon at Hillheads.

As in previous years, players and club staff will show off the trophy while fans line the streets to offer their congratulations.

The parade will start from Hillheads Park at 12noon, travel past Morrisons and into the town centre, along Whitley Road, and onto Station Road to the Metro station.

The bus will then return to the town centre via Victoria Terrace, before heading down Park Avenue, Marine Avenue and along the Links to St Mary’s Island car park.

At this point there will be a photo opportunity with the lighthouse in the background.

The bus will then return along the Links through Cullercoats to Front Street in Tynemouth, to Percy Park Road, along the Promenade to Cullercoats and head down John Street to Whitley Road.

The parade will then go back to the town centre, before going along Park View to Marine Avenue, up through Front Street, Monkseaton, to Seatonville Road and back to Hillheads Park.

Time of arrival is around 1.30pm.

North Tyneside Elected Mayor Linda Arkley, who was among the supporters at Wembley, said: “What a fantastic achievement.

“For Whitley Bay to win the trophy three years in a row and four years in total is simply amazing.

“The town, borough and entire region can be so proud of them and I hope lots of people show their appreciation and turn out for the parade.

“The final itself was very exciting but more than a bit nerve-wracking too.

“Coalville Town were extremely tough opposition and made Whitley Bay fight all the way, but thankfully they got their win in the end.”

Karen Goldfinch, chair of Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade, said: “To say we’re proud of the team is an understatement!

“The whole team, both players and backroom staff have shown themselves to be unbeatable again.

“Whitley Bay as a town has got behind the team again, blue and white in windows, businesses supporting the club by selling tickets, cakes, providing flowers for the team and even stripy paint!

“The community atmosphere surrounding this is incredible, everyone’s talking about it, from locals to holiday makers visiting the town, supporting by buying the merchandise, and loving the support the traders have shown.

“WBFC’s achievement has put Whitley Bay in the news yet again for a positive reason, it’s certainly made for an exciting upbeat few weeks in the run up to the game, and now we’ve got the Parade to look forward to as well – what a perfect way to show our support again. “