St George's Day celebrates togetherness

A world premiere by leading musicians from across Europe was at the heart of the region's St George's Day celebrations.

A world premiere by leading musicians from across Europe was at the heart of the region's St George's Day celebrations.

La Banda Europa performed Before the Wolf as the climax to a weekend of activity in Saltwell Park, Gateshead, yesterday.

The piece, composed by award-winner Jim Sutherland, was performed for the very first time at the event which aimed to celebrate togetherness and the region's links with the rest of the world.

After the performance the musicians climbed down from the stage and led a procession through the park.

It formed part of the annual Saltwell Park Show which took place over the weekend and included floral art displays, horticultural exhibits, local crafts and storytelling.

South Tyneside chef David Hall, who reached the final four of BBC's Masterchef Goes Large series this year, was on hand demonstrating how to cook healthy food.

Organisers were delighted with the number of visitors to the show.

The day was also commemorated by Territorial Army soldiers, who paraded through Morpeth wearing red and white roses to celebrate their regimental day.

For members of the 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (5RRF), it was the first time they had paraded as a Battalion since they were formed last year.

Led by the Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, about 150 soldiers, cadets and veterans marched from Dacre Street via Bridge Street where the salute was taken by the Duke of Northumberland, accompanied by Colonel of the Regiment Brigadier Roy Wilde, and Mayor of Castle Morpeth Coun Geoff Proudlock.

The parade followed a service at the Church of St James conducted by the Rev Maureen Chester.

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, which now has two regular battalions and one TA battalion, was also officially formed on St George's Day in 1968.

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