Going green for family fun day

Maurice Duffy, Mayor Norma Redfearn and Karen Lee with Tynemouth Green Day friends Seamus the Leprechaun and Panda. Picture by Veronica Congleton.
Maurice Duffy, Mayor Norma Redfearn and Karen Lee with Tynemouth Green Day friends Seamus the Leprechaun and Panda. Picture by Veronica Congleton.

Irish eyes will be smiling as Tynemouth goes green for St Patrick’s Day.

A Guinnes world record attempt for the largest human Shamrock, a two-and-a-half and a five kilometre green run, Gaelic football, Ceilidh band and Irish dancers are part of the family day planned on Tynemouth Longsands.

The event on Saturday, March 19 – two days after St Patrick’s Day – is being organised by Tynemouth businessman Maurice Duffy and sponsored by his company Blackswan and beachside cafe Crusoes.

A special feature will be Moyra’s Green Run, to raise money for St Oswald’s Hospice, who are supporting Moyra, the mother of Maurice’s wife Karen, as she suffers from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Karen said: “For those who are not runners, there are plenty more activities to help us raise funds for two very worthy causes.”

“We are planning to smash the current record for the largest human shamrock and for that we need 1000 people to take part.

“There will be a game of traditional Irish football played on the beach that people can view and some Irish dancing and ceilidh music to enjoy – there is even a dog competition with an Irish twist.”

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “The Green Day will be a fantastic event to raise money for a very worthwhile cause.

“I would like to welcome all of the competitors to our beautiful beach at Tynemouth and wish them the best of luck in the competition.”

To find out more about Moyra’s Green Run, visit the ‘Tynemouth Green Run’ Facebook page or follow @Moyrasgreenrun on Twitter.

Registration can be undertaken online at moyrasgreenrun.com or email info@moyrasgreenrun.com

The schedule for the day is:

• A Ceilidh band and Irish dancers will play throughout the course of the morning;

• 9am – Registration for Moyra’s Green Run, Shamrock Guinness World record attempt and dog competition;

• 9.30am – Irish Football games (male and female);

• 10am – Shamrock Record Attempt;

• 11am – Moyra’s Green Run. The run will start at Crusoes café on Longsands Beach, moving across the beach to the new Crusoes restaurant at the end of Longsands. From this point the route will continue up to the main road, across Grand Parade and will finish back down at Crusoes café.

• 12pm – Awards

• St Patrick’s Pooches Competition – Irish Fancy Dress Dog Competition

Registration will open at 9am, cost £2 – which will go straight to chosen charities. Photographs will be taken following registration. A judge will pick the funniest and most charming character, which will then be crowned the winner during the awards ceremony at 12pm.

• Seamus the Leprechaun has gone missing. Between now and St Patrick’s Day local residents are encouraged to tweet a picture of Seamus as he appears about the town to @moyrasgreenrun with the #spottheleprechaun.

There is a £100 reward for the photo that results in him being reunited with his owners at Blackswan.

The most useful picture will be agreed upon by a panel of judges, whose decision is final.