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Urban arts a hit with youngsters

John Dickson, chairman of Owen Pugh with young people at the Phoenix Jam, including Jackson Watson spinning in front. Picture by Ian McClelland.

John Dickson, chairman of Owen Pugh with young people at the Phoenix Jam, including Jackson Watson spinning in front. Picture by Ian McClelland.

A special celebration of urban arts attracted hundreds of young people.

The annual Phoenix Jam, sponsored by the Owen Pugh Group and organised by the Phoenix Detached Youth Project (PDYP), took place at the Parks Leisure Centre in North Shields.

More than 100 young people took part in and attended the event, which showcased dancing, skateboarding, BMX and DJ skills.

Owen Pugh chairman John Dickson said: “The Phoenix Jam 2014 was a fantastic celebration of urban arts in North Tyneside and the skills displayed were very impressive; all credit to the young people involved for their hard work in preparing for this annual celebration.

Mike Burgess, project manager of PDYP, said: “The Phoenix Jam 2014 was once again a great success. I was extremely proud of the young people who took part for their hard work and commitment.”

Mr Dickson added: “Owen Pugh continues to support the work of the Phoenix Detached Youth Project which carried out fantastic work with marginalised young people.

“We’re proud to support the scheme and play a part in helping these young people to take control of their lives and make positive contributions to the local community.”

The Street Jam events first got underway two years ago when young people in the area identified that they had no dedicated place for art, music and dance.

 

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