Local artists, craftspeople and entrepreneurs will be sharing their expertise at a series of talks and demonstrations taking place in South Shields Town Centre over the next few weeks.
For the next four Thursdays, the Old Town Hall in the Market Place and South Shields Central Library will be hosting talks on a range of topics, from Arbeia Roman Fort to watercolour painting.
Each talk will be given in both venues at 11am and 1pm, so those who are unable to access the Old Town Hall will still get the chance to be at the event in the Central Library Theatre. The events last about one hour.
The first of the events takes place on Thursday 19th June, at 11am, with a talk from Arbeia Roman Fort Curator, Alex Croom, in the Old Town Hall. At the same time, in the Central Library Theatre, inventor and explorer, Derek Hutchinson will talk about his expeditions. The talks will be repeated at 1pm with the speakers having swapped venues.
On the following week ( Thursday 26 June), Barbara Whale, of Barbara's Complementary Health and Beauty, will be discussing and demonstrating homeopathic remedies at 11am in the Old Town Hall. Lynn Yousef, of Divine Therapies, will in the library talking about complementary health.
Other talks and demonstrations planned include local artist Graham Hodgson giving watercolour demonstrations at 11am the Central Library at 1pm in the Old Town Hall on Thursday 3rd July. Michelle Monroe will be demonstrating the art of sugar craft on at 11am in the Old Town Hall, and at 1pm in the Central Library, on Thursday 10th July.
Lynn Telford, Market Manager, said: "These talks and demonstrations are a great way for local arts, crafts and business people to let people know about what they do and they are an excellent way of allowing the Old Town Hall to be used and encouraging people up to the market square on a Thursday.
"As the Old Town Hall is accessible by steps only, we are also staging all the events in the Central Library.
"This is the first time we have run an event like this and if it proves to be popular with audiences and speakers, we hope to run more in the future."
Tickets for the talks are priced at £2 each and are available from the Information Desk in the Central Library. For further information call 427 1818.