Undead walk through town’s shopping centre

Zombies in Whitley Bay's Park View shopping centre  on Saturday night caused both screams and laughter among the packed audience gathered for a showing of George Romero's classic 1978 film, Dawn of the Dead. Photo by Arron Cupid
Zombies in Whitley Bay's Park View shopping centre on Saturday night caused both screams and laughter among the packed audience gathered for a showing of George Romero's classic 1978 film, Dawn of the Dead. Photo by Arron Cupid
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TWENTY zombies ran amok in Whitley Bay’s Park View shopping centre on Saturday night.

The flesh-eating mutants, who lurched out of shops, down the stairs and from behind a large screen, caused both screams and laughter among the packed audience gathered in this unusual location for a showing of George Romero’s classic 1978 film, Dawn of the Dead.

The mutant invasion came 15 minutes from the end of the film and was an extra ‘treat’ organised by Whitley Bay Film Festival.

The zombie volunteers were specially made up over three hours by make-up artist Abigail Kate.

Ema Lea, of Primate Productions, which organises the 16 day festival, said: “Everyone took it in good fun, even though the zombies looked really scary.

“We had a special meat draw and the winner had to run for his life clutching his prize.”

The festival has been attracting record audiences with the majority of the two dozen events sold out.

Other locations for the showings include the Dome, where the audience sit in deck chairs, St Mary’s Lighthouse, where they can order fish and chips during the showings, and the Rendezvous Cafe.

Friday sees one of the highlights of the festival with An Audience With Ian la Frenais at Playhouse Whitley Bay.

Writer la Frenais, the festival’s patron, was responsible, along with Dick Clements for creating, among others, The Likely Lads, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Porridge, and Lovejoy.

The writer will be interviewed by film maker and historian Chris Phipps. Entry is £10 and tickets for all remaining festival events are available online at whitleybayfilmfestival.co.uk or from The Avalon Bar in South Parade, Whitley Bay.