Weller a hit as festival marks 10th anniversary

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Tens of thousands of people descended on Tynemouth to mark the tenth anniversary of the Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

People of all ages flocked to the coast to enjoy the festivities which included world-class street performers, a jazz stage, a colourful World Cup-themed pageant, a dance and arts stage, and a fantastic range of live music performances.

The festival – which was supported by Port of Tyne, Kier and TyneMet College – featured live music performances at Tynemouth Priory & Castle from Paul Weller, Brand New Heavies, Toploader and Lawson.

There were also performances at Playhouse Whitley Bay from Nadine Shah and Midlake.

During the day on Saturday and Sunday, crowds were entertained by street performers from around the world including a comedy chef duo, the UK’s leading all-women acrobatic performance company, a silent comedy act and circus skills.

This year’s pageant involved hundreds of local school children and young people embracing a colourful World Cup theme. More than 20 of the borough’s schools, bands, local dance and community groups took part in the procession.

As part of the festival, Tynemouth Station hosted ‘Platform’ – an energetic programme of dance and arts attractions. Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “The Mouth of the Tyne was a resounding success and a truly wonderful event.

“I was particularly pleased we were able to bring back the free street entertainment, especially the jazz music, which proved to be extremely popular.

“I’ve received lots of positive comments from people who attended the different events. It really was a fantastic weekend for everyone, including local businesses, visitors, and of course, the residents of North Tyneside – it really puts the borough on the map and has helped to boost the economy of the area.”