Festival atmosphere across the North East as region is bathed in sunshine

From the sounds of brass musicians to scenes from the Wild West there was something for everyone to enjoy in the summer weather

The International Brass Festival in Durham City
The International Brass Festival in Durham City

Bathed in sunshine there was a festival atmosphere across the North East as people made the most of the hottest weekend of the year.

From the sounds of brass musicians to scenes from the Wild West there was something for everyone to enjoy in the summer weather.

In Durham City the International Brass Festival got under way in style thanks to larger-than-life street bands from across the UK coming together for a ‘Best of British’ party.

The festival will run for two weeks until Sunday, July 21.

 

Over in South Shields the North East became the Wild West as part of the South Tyneside Summer Festival 2013.

The Festival Fun Day yesterday came complete with a real cowboy flavour courtesy of leading Wild West show, Martell’s Raiders.

Visitors were transported back to America of the 1880s and enjoyed the smell of gun smoke, the crack of bullwhips and the swirling of lariats with some mighty fine brawls and even a shootout.

The Bents Park event was at 1pm. The event was just part of the South Tyneside Summer Festival’s three months of live music and family-friendly activities which run until the end of August.

Meanwhile others preferred to take it a bit easier on the warmest weekend of the year. Those who were not glued to the Wimbledon final which saw Andy Murray lift the trophy, took to the beach or enjoyed a leisurely row on the river.

 

The hottest place in the UK was Heathrow where the mercury hit 29C. Beaches up and down the country were also packed, leading to more than 250 Coastguard call outs.

Paul Mott, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said more warm, settled weather will continue into the weekend.

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