Thousands enjoy festival at the beach

Headline act Scouting for Girls on the stage. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Headline act Scouting for Girls on the stage. Picture by Jane Coltman.
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The Northumberland Live, Blyth event yesterday played to its biggest ever crowd.

Approximately 12,000 people watched the headline act – chart-topping and multi-BRIT Award nominated band Scouting For Girls.

Some of the people who went along to the event had their faces painted. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Some of the people who went along to the event had their faces painted. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Those who went along to South Beach for the free festival enjoyed a wide variety of music, activities, entertainment and street theatre and the great atmosphere could not be dampened by the occasional rain shower.

Northumberland Live, Blyth 2016 was supported by Blyth Town Council in association with Northumberland County Council and BBC Newcastle 95.4FM Digital.

Coun Kath Nisbet, chair of the town council’s events committee, said: “The response we had to Northumberland Live, Blyth was overwhelming – with the crowd on Blyth Beach turning the festival into one big party.

“It was wonderful to see so many families bringing picnics, enjoying a sing-song and dancing together.

2016 was a record crowd for the annual event. Picture by Jane Coltman.

2016 was a record crowd for the annual event. Picture by Jane Coltman.

“The whole day was full of laughter and smiles, from the morning all the way through until Scouting For Girls closed the show.

“In its third year, this event is proving very popular, which is reflected strongly in the numbers.

“It proves that the people of Northumberland and the North East have an appetite for this kind of event, which is not only good for local people but for businesses and the overall tourism benefits to the region.”

The other acts included Percy and the Piglets, Cortney Dixon, David Neil, Shields, Dust Town Dogs, The Sleeze Sisters, Sarah Holmes, Just SO and Hayley McKay.

Crowds at Northumberland Live, Blyth. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Crowds at Northumberland Live, Blyth. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Scouting For Girls’ lead singer Roy Stride said: “Northumberland Live, Blyth was amazing fun.

“It was such a lovely festival to play with amazing crowds. We managed to get everyone from the front row to the sea jumping up and down.

“We had such a great time.”

County council leader Grant Davey said: “Northumberland Live, Blyth just gets better every year.

Crowds at Northumberland Live, Blyth. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Crowds at Northumberland Live, Blyth. Picture by Jane Coltman.

“It’s an opportunity for the whole community to come together and enjoy a day of quality entertainment.

“I’m proud of what we have achieved in partnership with Blyth Town Council and other generous sponsors, building Northumberland Live into something really special.

“The festival has quickly become a fixture in many people’s diaries.

“The people of Blyth and Northumberland really do support and enjoy events and there’s a lot more to look forward to with the historic visit of the Tall Ships in August.”

In addition, Northumberland Live’s sister festival Northumberland Live in Bedlington will be taking place at Gallagher Park on Saturday, July 16, with 80s legends Johnny Hates Jazz and Modern Romance headlining the stage.

Crowds at Northumberland Live, Blyth. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Crowds at Northumberland Live, Blyth. Picture by Jane Coltman.