Saturday, July 01, 2006

Cookson Parade

Cookson Parade

Curly will be taking the kids down to watch the Cookson Country Parade at the Town Hall in Westoe Road, South Shields today, and you can be sure that I'll be bringing you the latest pictures just as soon as I have them available. The parade marks the "official" start of the Summer Festival in South Tyneside and it normal heralds a good rain shower, but today this looks most unlikely, with a clear blue sky and blazing temperatures, we are in for a fabulous day.

The parade will wind it's way down Fowler Street after being given a send off by Tommy the Trumpeter (aka Ray Spencer, Director of The Customs House) and the Mayor Cllr. Ed Malcolm, before marching down Ocean Road to the Bents Park. Yesterday evening there was a fascinating concert celebrating what would have been the hundredth birthday of Catherine Cookson, who gave her name to our annual festival. The music was composed by John Miles, a Geordie resident of these shores, who will be forever remembered for that massive hit of his "Music".

Don't worry if you spot these gangsters (pictured) in the crowd today, they are only the editorial staff of the local newspaper dressed incognito to get the latest scoops of
rice pudding! Joy Yates has recently been appointed Editor of the Hartlepool Mail after 18 years working with her hometown newspaper, Curly wishes her well looking for stories on the elusive monkey.

Normally festivities carry on for a few hours in the park after the parade, but because England's World Cup Quarter-Final against Portugal kicks off at 4.00 p.m. I'm expecting the town to be empty by 3.30, an ideal time for you ladies to get out to the hairdressers!

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