Tyneside legend to head festival

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A LOCAL Tyneside legend will be heading the entertainment at an environmental festival in Northumberland country park this weekend.

The legendary, Billy Mitchell, of Jack the Lad, Maxie and Mitch and Lindisfarne fame, will be performing at The Riverside Festival (@ QEII Park) near Ashington. Billy will be supported by local bands, Thesis Lives, Mad Hatters, Beyond the Salt and solo performers Mike Slaughter and Lily Brooke.

Thanks to Ashington Community Development Trust and their key sponsors for the Festival, the Carillion Fund, visitors to the first Riverside Festival at the QEII Park in Ashington will have the opportunity to take part in a fun day which should appeal to all ages.

The Riverside Festival is being held on Saturday, May 26, between 11am and 4pm.

Kevin Lillie, the Trust’s business development officer said: “We are anticipating that a lot of local people will join us at the park during what is normally the Spring Bank holiday weekend. There should be activities and demonstrations to suit all ages. If you are local, come along on your bike and help to power some of our events and the musicians.”

The programme will include land and water based activities. Coracles will be joined on the lake by the Newbiggin Sailing Club. There will be environmental trails and demonstrations, supported by the programme of music and Koast Radio. Visitors could also take a ride on the local narrow gauge railway and visit Woodhorn Museum and the Northumberland Archives.

Ashington promises to be an interesting and popular venue this weekend where visitors can enjoy and experience a free and fun day set within some of the region’s most beautiful surroundings.