Tynemouth to go green this weekend for charity fun day

Tynemouth Longsands. Picture by John Millard.
Tynemouth Longsands. Picture by John Millard.
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Residents are being encouraged to play their part in a world record attempt while raising funds for charity.

A series of events are lined up on Tynemouth Longsands for the first Tynemouth Green Day on Saturday, raising funds for St Oswald’s Hospice and Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Comedian Jason Cook.

Comedian Jason Cook.

There will be Moyra’s Green Run – either 2.5km or 5km – plus Irish dancers, Ceilidh band, Irish football and a fancy dress competition for dogs, all starting from 9am.

But organisers are also hoping to set a new world record for the largest human shamrock.

The current record stands at 815, and Blackswan, the Tynemouth-based consultancy firm behind the fundraising day, is looking for 1,000 people to take part.

North east comic Jason Cook, the comedian behind BBC2 comedy Hebburn, will be doing his bit with a gig.

The comic has been announced as the entertainment for The Shamrock Party, which is taking place at Crusoes on Saturday.

Jason said: “The record attempt is going to be such good fun, and it’ll combine what we in the north east are great at – having a good laugh and helping others.

“My dad had to use a hospice when he was on his way out and I wrote a special comedy show about it that won awards all over the world so it’ll be especially appropriate to be doing it at this event.

“Everyone should come down, take part to break a record and raise money.”

Registration to take part in the record attempt costs £1, which will go to charity.

For full details and to register, visit www.moyrasgreenrun.com

There are a limited number of tickets still available for The Shamrock Party. Tickets priced at £40 are available by calling Cj on (0191) 293 1660 or emailing info@moyrasgreenrun.com