This year’s Jesmond Community Festival kicked off with the traditional Festival Parade lead by the Town Crier through the local streets of Jesmond, finishing at West Jesmond Primary School for the Grand Festival Fair. We manned the Newcastle Libraries stall in a prime sunny position, selling our wares and promoting reading. The weather was unusually kind that day so locals were out in full force – the free eggs and sausages from our local Tesco’s helped too!
During the festival we had a ‘character trail’ competition in which children had to find their favourite book characters, like the Gruffalo and Peppa Pig, hidden in the library to find clues to solve mystery word. We had over 60 entries and picked three deserving winners. The children really enjoyed taking part.
Our ‘Tyne, Rhyme and Wine’ poetry evening included light hearted performances from the three North East poets Sheree Mack, Marilyn Longstaff and Chris Robinson. Lunchtime musical recital from local flautist (a person who plays the flute!) Mary Mooney proved to be very popular with our local residents and Ian Gillard took budding young detectives on a journey of discovery in a forensics workshop. All of the events were well attended and everyone commented on how much they had enjoyed them!