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The evening parade

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Mouth of the Tyne Festival continues into the night

Please excuse me while I indulge myself in shamelessly promoting tourism in South Tyneside and South Shields this weekend. It’s my home, I love the place, and wish that we had thousands of visitors every week, and not just in the summer months! This weekend we are enjoying the Mouth of the Tyne Festival and I joined thousands of spectators along the sea front yesterday evening to watch a spectacular piece of street theatre which bore all the qualities of the Pied Piper of Hamlin. The acclaimed French company Trans Express created a massive impact with their colourful creations “Peoples of the Sea”, involving some weird machines, a man in a tank of water looking like a giant fish, a mouse atop of a human powered treadwheel and scary monsters on bicycles all illuminated with handheld flares. It was truly captivating.

As the sun set the parade moved off from “Ghandi’s Temple” and by time it had reached the Sea Hotel, thousands of bemused spectators were following in it’s wake, the hordes then followed along Harbour Drive to see the finale, no doubt our pubs and night clubs enjoyed a busy evening as our visitors looked for refreshment, and a good party atmosphere.

(Claire in New York, it’s a shame that you are arriving so late in the year, you will have missed all of this, perhaps you will be tempted to return next year, Cheryl in Australia, get saving and do more than what the girls did!)

Here are some photographs of last night’s event, click the thumbnails to enlarge.

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A tip for the video, press the play button, once the video starts to play press the pause button and allow the video to download. When you see th replay button press it to watch the video in full smoothness. If you have a really fast connection you can ignore that advice…….enjoy!

I will be out in the parks for the rest of the festival today looking to see which of our borough councillors are supporting tourism in South Tyneside and perhaps seeing who wishes to take advantage of a good photo opportunity. There it is unlikely that I will post again before this evening. Have a good weekend!


Written by curly

July 15, 2007 at 11:10 am

5 Responses

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  1. Congratulations on your unashamedly love for your city and its heritage. And thanks for sharing the photos of the parade.
    Regards Bruce.

    Bruce Douglas

    July 15, 2007 at 11:26 am

  2. I won’t be in South Shields until September but just from seeing your photos, my daughter and I are planning to visit next summer. The specific date yet to be determined.

    Clare, Clinton, New York, USA

    July 15, 2007 at 12:48 pm

  3. Thanls for that tip on viewing videos. I don’t have a fast download and wondered why I was getting playback in bite sized chunks.

    Incidentally, did you ever find your mobile phone? If not, have a close look at the quipment you’re using to try to change TV channels… You wouldn’t be the first!


    July 15, 2007 at 4:32 pm

  4. […] as part of the Mouth of the Tyne Festival. You can read my post, see more pictures and some video – here. This was one of the most colourful events we’ve ever witnessed […]

  5. I say, it seems the thrill seekers enjoy driving that contraption with not a thought for getting pink bits caught up.


    July 17, 2007 at 7:50 am

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