Summer festival proves a big hit for thousands


THOUSANDS of people descended on a Blyth park to take part in and enjoy a community festival.

More than 2,000 attended the SummerScene Festival in Ridley Park, which also involved more than 1,000 participants.

Sunny weather helped bring out the crowds and they were treated to 21 visual art and dance workshop sessions and four dance performances.

Among the performers were professional aerial dance performances from Bare Toed Dance Company and high energy street dancing by Bad Taste Cru, plus audience dance-based mass participation.

There was also a display of eight new art commissions; performances from community dance groups Move It Hoop Dancers, Cheer Camp and Buffalo Divas; aerial and cocoon workshops; junk music workshops; mask making; and storytelling.

And for the younger visitors there was additional play activity, den building, treasure hunt and races from Northumberland Play Rangers.

A spokesperson for the festival organisers said: “We would like to give a big thank you to all that came and worked so hard to make SummerScene such a wonderful event.

“The day was shining with such great local talent, fantastic performances, art work and atmosphere as well as a glorious summer’s day.”

The festival was supported by Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure, Queen’s Hall Arts, Northumberland County Council, The Big Dance, Arts Council England and lottery funding.

In the build up, professional artists in residence worked with community groups to produce large sculptures, costume, scene design and aerial dance work.

Among those who took part in those sessions were Morpeth Road Primary School, St Andrew’s RC Primary School, Shanklea Primary School, Knowledge Café at Cramlington Learning Village, Wansbeck Gymnastics Club, St Mary’s and Holywell Art Group, Northern Butterflies group from the Buffalo Centre and Pop Bottles from New Hartley.