For the second year running, South Shields FC is to be part of the South Tyneside Festival Summer Parade this Saturday.

Players and staff will board an open-top bus to celebrate the club’s achievements in the 2017-18 season, which included winning a third consecutive promotion and title.

They will parade the Evo-Stik North Division trophy, with joint managers Lee Picton and Graham Fenton to join a host of players and staff on the bus.

The parade will begin at South Shields Town Hall at 1pm and head along Fowler Street, passing South Shields Museum on Ocean Road and on to the seafront, where the fun will continue all afternoon at Bents Park.

The club was also involved in the parade last year, when thousands of people lined the streets of South Shields and cheered the Mariners after their historic quadruple-winning campaign.

Another trophy will be on show this time around, and chairman Geoff Thompson has thanked South Tyneside Council and the organisers of the event for extending an invitation to the club again.

He said: “It’s a real honour for the club to again be involved in the summer parade.

“It was such a humbling experience to be part of it last year, and we’re hugely grateful to have been invited again.

“This event gives us a real opportunity to thank all of our magnificent supporters for the backing they gave us last season, and to see them again ahead of what should be another exciting campaign.

“We’d like to say a huge thanks to South Tyneside Council and all those involved in the event for inviting us again.”

This year’s South Tyneside Festival Summer Parade is based around the theme of Monsters, Myths and Magic.

About 2,000 people from across the area will be joining professional carnival artists in the parade, again under the artistic direction of the talented team at Creative Seed.

For more information on the three-month long South Tyneside Festival go to www.southtynesidefestival.co.uk, and like the Facebook page South Tyneside Events or follow @STynesideEvents on Twitter.

South Shields will take on Consett and Tadcaster Albion as part of their preparations for the 2018-19 Evo-Stik Premier Division season.

Friendlies against Blyth Spartans and Cleethorpes Town, as well as the club’s participation in the South Shields FC International Tournament with Celtic, Marseille and Southampton’s Under-23 sides, were announced earlier this month.

The club can now confirm that its pre-season schedule will begin with a home fixture against Northern League outfit Consett on Friday, July 13.

The clubs struck up a friendship over many years of competition in the Northern League, and last met in April 2017, when Shields won 1-0 at Mariners Park on their way to winning the league title.

A trip to Tadcaster Albion, who the Mariners came up against in the 2017-18 Evo-Stik North Division campaign, has also been added to the pre-season programme.

Shields will visit the i2i Stadium on Saturday, August 4 in what is due to be their penultimate friendly of the summer.

An additional pre-season game is expected to be announced soon, and it is due to take place on Tuesday, July 24 at Mariners Park.

Here is the club’s pre-season schedule so far:

Friday, July 13: Consett (H)

Saturday, July 21: Blyth Spartans (H)

Tuesday, July 24: TBC (H)

Saturday, July 28: Southampton Under-23s (H) – South Shields FC International Tournament (PURCHASE TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE)

Sunday, July 29: Celtic Under-23s or Marseille Under-23s (H) – South Shields FC International Tournament (PURCHASE TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE)

Saturday, August 4: Tadcaster Albion (A)

Saturday, August 11: Cleethorpes Town (A)

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