Animals to hit the town centres

Shoppers will be joined by a host of crawling, walking, slithering and flying creatures in town centres this weekend.

An interactive roadshow featuring amphibians, reptiles, creepy crawlies and birds of prey will be found alongside farmyard favourites such as ducks, sheep, rabbits, ponies and donkeys, will be in the towns on Saturday.

Children can get up close and learn about the creatures on display and have their face painted to resemble their favourite animal.

Hand wash stations will be available and staff will be on hand to ensure animal welfare.

The roadshows take place between 11am and 3pm outside Whitley Bay Metro Station; on Bedford Street, North Shields; and outside The Forum shopping centre in Wallsend.