Looking ahead to sensational events line-up

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Now that summer’s here, I’m really looking forward to all the fantastic events and activities taking place right across the borough during the holidays.

There really is something for everyone to enjoy – from international artists to children’s performers, picnics, book fairs, food and drink festivals and classic cars.

The Mouth of the Tyne Festival, organised by the council, is now one of the most talked about summer events, attracting around 90,000 visitors who spend their money in shops, cafes and bars, and stay in hotels, all of which provide a massive boost to our businesses.

Running from July 8 to 12, the festival features brilliant live music at Tynemouth Priory & Castle and Playhouse Whitley Bay, as well jazz, free street entertainment and lots of great activities at Tynemouth Station, including a children’s pageant.

There’s also a full programme of music, comedy and all round family fun throughout the summer holidays taking place at the Spanish City Plaza, which this year has a giant inflatable Dome where there will be an amazing line-up of acts, and even a free mini roller rink for children.

Together with our council teams, I’ll be out and about at many of these events asking your views on how we’re doing with issues that really matter to you, such as housing, regeneration, jobs, social care and education.

I really want to hear what you have to say as your views are important to me.