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Festival in the Frame at Scrutiny Meeting

This year's South Tyneside Festival attracted an audience of more than 120,000 people - a 12 per cent rise on 2018, members of a scrutiny committee will be told next week.

 

 

The popular programme of summer events generated £3.6m for the local economy.

 

The success of the festival - which this year comprised of more than 40 events including the Sunday concerts, Proms in the Park, the Festival Parade and live music at the amphitheatre - will be reviewed at a meeting of the Place Select Committee.

 

More than 66,000 people attend the Sunday concerts - a three per cent rise on last year with people coming from as far away as Aberdeen, Plymouth and the Isle of Man.

 

An estimated 30,000 - 35,000 people lined the streets to watch the Festival Parade and the event was shortlisted in the Performance of the Year category at this year's Living North awards.

 

There will also be an update on the Litter and Fly Tipping Commission, including new initiatives to tackle the issues such as an ongoing pilot recycling trial in Whitburn, which has highlighted lower levels of contamination and a positive response from residents.

 

The meeting of the Place Select Committee will be held at 10am on Tuesday 3 December at South Shields Town Hall.

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