Auf Wiedersehen, Pet star Tim Healy is set to take centre stage as he joins the North’s biggest cultural event of the year.
The 62-year-old Benidorm actor joins former Eastender Jill Halfpenny in lending his voice to narrate “the party with a million invites” - the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony.
“It’s great news that acclaimed local actor Tim Healy is joining Jill Halfpenny as a narrator of the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony,” Beth Bath, the director of Great North Run Culture said.
“He’ll be guiding the audience through the spectacular show, with a specially written script by award-winning author David Almond.
“Tim is perhaps best known for his famous roles in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Benidorm but also has a long and distinguished film and stage career, which has included a nomination for a Laurence Olivier Award for his role in the West End’s Billy Elliot.
“As one of the most famous Geordie faces in the country, he holds a special place in the heart of North East audiences.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming him to the region’s biggest party on the NewcastleGateshead Quaysides on Thursday, September 4.”
The spectacular show will see performers out on the River Tyne, video and images beamed on to the Sage Gateshead, as well as appearances from North icons like Dire Straits “Local Hero” Mark Knopfler.
Also on the line up will be the multi-platinum selling Chase and Status, Mercury prize-nominated Northumberland folk duo The Unthanks - who will be performing a piece specially commissioned for the event - and electricity wizards the Lords of Lightning.
Anyone who has ever run the event in its 33-year history could still be eligible for a free ticket after a deadline for entries to claim one of 10,000 that are being distributed free in association with The Journal was extended.
To claim one - which are being allocated on a first-come, first-served basis - visit www.greatrun.org/ticket_giveaway .
For anyone who hasn’t run the Great North Run before, tickets are also available to buy at www.gnrmillion.org , priced £12 for adults and £7 for children.