Pink prominent as town backs events

St Mary's Lighthouse which will be turning pink again for Breast Cancer Awareness this month. Picture by Tina Stubbs.

St Mary's Lighthouse which will be turning pink again for Breast Cancer Awareness this month. Picture by Tina Stubbs.

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Residents in Whitley Bay will be tickled pink at the activities taking place to support Breast Cancer Awareness month.

North Tyneside Council and Soroptimist International Tynemouth, Whitley Bay and District are hosting events throughout October as part of the ‘Paint The Town Pink’.

The fundraising challenge has raised more than £20,00 in five years for research into cures for breast cancer.

The pool at Waves leisure centre was turned pink last Saturday while throughout the month St Mary’s Lighthouse will be lit up pink at night.

There will be a charity night on Friday, October 17, from 7pm to 9pm at Homemade at Jane’s in Whitley Lodge. There will be raffle and local craft stalls.

And Whitley Bay FC will be wearing pink kits in their home clash with Morpeth Town on Saturday, October 18. Supporters are also being asked to wear pink on the day.

Coun Lesley Spillard, cabinet member with a responsibility for public health, said: “It’s wonderful to see continued support of this magnitude from both the local community and the council.

“The Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign is an extremely important charity, and with all the money being made going to research in how to stop the cancer from spreading, I really feel we have the opportunity to make a difference.”