Tynemouth all set for Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Drumdin who will be in the pageant parade in Tynemouth as part of the Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Picture by Iain Brown.
Drumdin who will be in the pageant parade in Tynemouth as part of the Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Picture by Iain Brown.

Thousands of people are expected to descend on Tynemouth this weekend for the annual Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

Star performers will take to the stage at Tynemouth Priory and Castle while a host of activities will take place in Tynemouth Front Street and Station on Saturday and Sunday.

Paloma Faith will take to the stage on Thursday for her sell out concert followed the following night by James Arthur.

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott will have their sell out concert on Saturday night while Beverley Knight headlines Sunday’s family fun day.

A limited number of tickets remain for James Arthur’s show and the Sunday fun day.

Among the events, SALTo Arts have teamed up with North Tyneside Music Education Hub to put a traffic stopping parade on Tynemouth’s Front Street on Saturday, starting at 11.15am.

The pageant will begin with a song from 100 children brought together by pageant lead Susie Jones and payers from Drumdin.

A total of 16 11 and 12-year-old dance leaders from John Spence High School and work experience student Lauren Jones, from Whitley Bay High School, have been working on the pageant choreography with participating primary school groups under the direction of LP Dance in Education while 100 students have been rehearsing European style marching drum pieces with the music hub.

SALTo Arts parade designer Richard Broderick said: “It has been wonderful to see the effort teachers, students and families have put into the costume, dance and music workshops. It really feels like a coming together of the whole community this year.

“Over 500 young people are involved this time alongside some big sculptural creations including a big bad wolf and the infamous GiAnt from Rockcliffe carnival club.”