Whitburn and Marsden’s Got Talent, part of Whitburn Summer Festival, proved a great success with a capacity audience in the parish church hall cheering on the young performers in their quest to be a star. Acts ranged from singing and dancing to magic, hula hoop skills and a piano recital.
All the children received a prize for their magnificent efforts. Special awards went to the charming Foundation stage Frozen Choir, to Finlay who expertly played the piano and to Sophie whose gymnastic ballet dance enchanted everyone, all from Whitburn Village Primary school, and to Erin who sang My heart Will Go On even better than Celine Dion, from Marsden Primary School. Sophie, who was unanimously declared over-all winner 2016, received the Star Trophy.
The next creative workshop, entitled The Somme Remembered, takes place at Whitburn Methodist Church today from 10am to noon. The final meeting is next Tuesday, July 5. For more information, call Miki Z on 07747 903 271, Lyn Killeen on 07751 076 222, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Townswomen’s Guild council meeting is currently being held in Bournemouth International Centre until tomorrow.There will be no South Bents meeting in the evening as it is the fifth Wednesday of the month. Next Wednesday, July 6, ladies will support Sunderland Federation coffee morning at 10am in St Mary’s Church hall, Bridge Street.
Souter Lighthouse, the gift shop and tea room are open daily from 11am to 5pm. This Saturday, join local expert Dave Foster for a two-hour saunter along the coast on the hunt for Brilliant Bumblebees. On Sunday from 11am to 1pm you can Walk on the Wild Side with Souter Rangers, a relaxed ramble along the coastline to stunning wildflower meadows on the hunt for the beautiful Bee Orchid, spotting bees, butterflies and bugs on the way. Both events involve some uneven terrain and booking costing £2 per person, is essential on 0844 249 1895 or follow the online link on Souter’s web page. Meet in the Foghorn Field shortly before 10.30am on Saturday or 11am on Sunday wearing sturdy shoes and clothing suitable for the weather. Dogs on leads and children accompanied by adults are welcome. For more information, go online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/ or ring Dougie Holden on 529 0903 or Anne Cauwood on 529 0909.
The July craft market at Harton Keys Park, South Shields, takes place on Sunday from 10.30am to 3pm. There will be a wide selection of stalls and the opportunity to enjoy a stroll along the banks of the Tyne. The next market will be on Sunday, August 7.