Sunday, July 16, 2006


Mouth of the Tyne Festival great success!

So that's it then, it's finished, over for another year (hopefully), the Mouth of the Tyne Festival which spanned Saturday and Sunday has run it's course for this year and is packed away in a canvass hold all, ready to be rolled out again for a third time!

Please don't misunderstand me, I'm not being too critical, the event was a massive success, it brought visitors into South Shields in their droves, they spent their money here, the weather was glorious, the local economy was boosted beyond belief; but where do we go from here?

I have argued in this blog last year and the year before about our ability to host major events, about our ability to accomodate visitors, about the space we have to offer, about the facilities that we can provide, and the show that we can put on. I have related to the Orange sponsored Window on the World Festival hosted by North Tyneside and how it had "overgrown" it's environment -the former "Fish Quay Festival" became too big for it's own good and dangerousely overcrowded. I had suggested in this blog that perhaps South Tyneside Borough Council could provide a better venue for the afore mentioned festival, and I still assert that we could host such a show and do it better. We can offer acres of space from the Little Haven Hotel to Souter Lighthouse, from the Mill Dam to the Pier Head, but even using the sea front from The Groyne to Gypsies Greeen Stadium would be sufficient. The Mouth of the Tyne Festival (which involved a partnership between Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside and South Tyneside councils has been a raging success, particularly on this side of the river, and it could be a precursor to something bigger (at this time of the year the chances are that we will enjoy better weather.) It's time that the four authorities got together and decide to pursue some MAJOR sponsorship money to help promote an event NEXT year which will become the premier focus of attention in the whole of Tyneside in 2007. It has been proved how popular the event is this year, now we need to expand upon it and make it bigger and better than anything that the "Fish Quay Festival" could ever wish to have been. It is within the bounds of possibility, if we set our minds to it and apply some hard nosed business principles. Attracting crowds as big as we have seen this weekend will be sufficient to attract investors and promoters and sponsors, so come on Councillors, lets GO FOR IT!

You know it makes sense!

Curly would like to thank all those who have been involved in organising the event, the whole family (wife and kids) enjoyed it tremendousely!

Here is the promised video of the weekend's events, those visitors who are ex-pats will enjoy the experience, please allow the video time to download (it's 79 Mb -apologies to those of you with a dial-up connection, so please be patient). Perhaps you will find it more convenient if you use the horizontal scroll bar to "centre" the video within this pane.

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