Treat in store with exhibition

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An exhibition celebrating the history and heritage of the annual Shiremoor Treat event is going on a mini-tour of community venues.

The Treat, which takes place every summer, regularly attracts more than 1,000 local people and is still going strong after more than 100 years.

It began as a way of giving the local miner’s children and families a fun day of activities and to this day features marching bands, games, activities, dancing competitions, stalls, fairground rides and more.

The exhibition has been developed as part of a Heritage Lottery-funded project ran by North Tyneside VODA and Remembering the Past, Resourcing the Future and features a specially-made film, plus numerous photographs, handling books and other archive material collected from Treats gone by.

The exhibition will be on display at:-

• St Mark’s Church, Shiremoor, on Saturday, November 8, from 10am to 4pm;

• Backworth Community Hall; Wednesday, November 12, 1pm to 3.30pm;

• Earsdon and Wellfield Community Centre; Thursday, November 13, 11am to 2pm, and Friday, November 14, 1pm to 3.30pm.

Michael Green, chairman of the Shiremoor Treat Committee, said: “This project has given the Treat a real boost – it’s been fascinating to look back at the history of it.

“We’re delighted that local people can get to see the exhibition and that the material can be preserved for future generations to enjoy.”

Laura Watson, project worker at VODA, said: “The Treat is such a wonderful community event; it has been inspiring to discover some of its rich history.

“The footage, photographs and documents we have are really interesting to anyone with a local interest and we hope lots of people come along to enjoy them. The children we’ve worked with have been fantastic and learned so much about their local area too.”

For more information about the event contact Laura Watson at VODA on (0191) 643 2637.