North East families enjoyed a weekend of fun activities

Families made the most of a weekend of shows and events in the North East

Visitors queue to see the Lindisfarne Gospels
Visitors queue to see the Lindisfarne Gospels

Families made the most of a weekend of shows and events in the North East.

The sun shone for some of the time and the attractions included everything from a memory walk to catching a final glimpse of the historic Lindisfarne Gospels.

Almost 600 people of all ages took part in the Alzheimer’s Society Tyneside Memory Walk on Saturday.

Former Newcastle United striker, Joe Allon, launched the event as his late mother, Elizabeth, had suffered from dementia.

It was the first time that the charity’s Memory Walk had taken place at the city’s quayside, starting and finishing at Baltic Square with walkers having a choice of 2km and 10km distances on both banks of the Tyne. Joe said: “To see so many people of all ages taking part in the Memory Walk right in the very heart of the North East was really moving for me.

“I know how devastating a disease dementia is but this amazing turnout showed that we are going in the right direction in terms of tackling the stigma that is attached to the disease.”


Among the walkers were superheroes led by Iron Man, while many generations of the same families responded to the Alzheimer’s Society call to join the stroll.

This included 11 members of a family who put their best feet forward for the charity in memory of the late Tony Shepherdson who lived in Gateshead and had dementia in the latter years of his life.

“He would have loved Memory Walk because he lived life to the full and loved taking part in great outdoor events like this,” said his son, Ernie.

Meanwhile, the Annual Walk for Peace took place in Newcastle yesterday afternoon and started from the Hindu Temple on the city’s West Road.

Throughout the event walkers stopped off at venues for prayer and brief talks about the Hindu, Muslim and Sikh faiths, as well as a discussion on Christianity and a Jewish prayer.

Elsewhere, it was the last opportunity for people to see the historic Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham, one of the world’s most precious books.

It has been on loan to Durham from the British Library until today and has attracted many thousands of people from all over the country and beyond.

The exhibition has presented for the first time the extraordinary full story of the Gospels, exploring how and why this masterpiece was created.


This weekend also saw the seventh ‘Salute Our Heroes’ concert, which took place on Saturday at the Sage in Gateshead, and artists included the Royal Signals (Northern) Band, RAF Honnington Band, 102 Battalion REME Pipe Band, the Durham Musical Theatre Company and many more.

The concert raised money for the Soldiers Fund (under the Army Benevolent Fund) and will go to soldiers and their families in times of need, serving or veterans. The charity also helps wounded, injured and sick soldiers at the new Personnel Recovery Centres.


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