VIDEO: Thousands enjoy big beach festival

The Northumberland Live, Blyth event on Saturday played to its biggest crowd yet.

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

The 2016 Northumberland Live, Blyth event, which took place on Saturday, was the biggest since it began a couple of years ago. Picture by Jane Coltman.

The 2016 Northumberland Live, Blyth event, which took place on Saturday, was the biggest since it began a couple of years ago. 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, chairman 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.

From left,  Coun Kath Nisbet, chairman of Blyth Town Council's events committee, Coun Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, and Blyth Mayor Coun Margaret Parker at Northumberland Live, Blyth. Picture by Jason Thompson.

From left, Coun Kath Nisbet, chairman of Blyth Town Council's events committee, Coun Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, and Blyth Mayor Coun Margaret Parker at Northumberland Live, Blyth. Picture by Jason Thompson.

“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 the people of Northumberland and the North East have an appetite for this kind of event, which is not only good for residents 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.

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.