Saturday, July 01, 2006

Marchers melt in heat

Marchers melt in the heat

I post this at half time during England's World Cup Quarter-Final match against Portugal, and it feels as though the heat in South Shields is every bit as fierce and humid as that in Germany.
Good sized crowds gathered at the Town Hall at lunchtime and lined Fowler Street and Ocean Road to witness the Cookson Parade which marks the start of the South Tyneside Summer Festival.

This year's parade was a walking event without the use of decorated floats, which fell victim to the Health and Safety lawyers and prohibitive insurance premiums, such a shame. However, you didn't need to have the brain of Einstein to work out how much effort has been put in to making this a very enjoyable family event. We had a good variety of marching bands and uniformed organisations, schools and youth groups taking part. Even some of our councillors took a tropical part with their colourful shirts - "aloha" Jimmy Foreman!.

Here's a video which I put together, I'll post some pictures some time after the match is finished. I hope this gives a flavour of the event, if you weren't there, then why not make the effort to come to South Shields for some of the other events planned for this summer - it's the place to be!

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