Treat event returns with an added extra

One of the most traditional events in North Tyneside takes place next weekend, with extra reason to join in the celebrations this year.

On July 5, the Shiremoor and District Children’s Treat will take over the playing fields and feature marching bands, games, activities and sporting competitions as people across the community take part in the popular celebration which is still going strong after more than 100 years.

This year the event will also feature a Heritage Tent, a collection of film, memorabilia and art work representing the history of the Shiremoor Treat.

Michael Green, chairman of the Shiremoor Treat Committee, said; “As we have got closer to the big day, things have been getting busier and busier.

“We’ve all worked extremely hard to make arrangements for the Treat and we are all really looking forward to seeing it come together on the day.”

North Tyneside Voluntary Organisations Development Agency (VODA) has been working with the Treat Committee on a Heritage Lottery funded project to uncover the memories and history of the event.

In the build-up to the event, local schoolchildren visited Woodhorn Museum to learn about mining, and have been busy working on their banners for this year’s event.

The Heritage Tent will feature an exhibition of photos and books where people can leave comments on the event, or even contribute their own oral memory to the project.