South Shields FC is delighted to confirm that it will lead the town’s Summer Parade extravaganza in July.
In recognition of a historic season, which saw the Mariners lift four trophies, the club’s players and staff have been invited by South Tyneside Council to appear on an open-top bus as part of the annual parade on Saturday, July 1.
Thousands of people line the route of the parade every year, from South Shields Town Hall to Bents Park.
The Mariners will set off from the Town Hall at 1pm, and then make their way along Fowler Street and Ocean Road to the seafront.
The celebrations will continue in Bents Park, where visitors can also enjoy live music and a whole host of storytelling-themed family friendly activities.
South Shields FC chairman Geoff Thompson said: “Winning the FA Vase after such a successful season really was a dream come true.
“I’m so proud of the team and everyone behind the scenes at SSFC whose commitment deserves a home town heroes’ welcome.
“The crowd off the pitch has given us the momentum to deliver on the pitch and I can’t thank the fans enough for their support all season.
“The sight of more than 13,000 Shields fans at Wembley was incredible and we can’t wait to see them all again at the Summer Parade.
“I’d like to thank the council for their continued support. We are extremely proud to be invited to be part of the parade and look forward to seeing as many people as possible to show off our silverware.”
As well as marking the club’s success, the Once Upon a Time themed parade will celebrate the magic and wonder of stories, bringing to life classic characters from some of the world’s best loved children’s books. Cinderella and Peter Pan are just some of those to feature alongside vibrant floats, marching bands, stilt walkers, puppets and dance troupes.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Olive Punchion, said: “We are thrilled for the club and it’s only fitting that we should mark their achievements with a victory parade.
“The annual Summer Parade is our largest civic community event, involving more than 2,000 people and supported by many more.
“It is always a real spectacle and it will be fantastic to see the club heading it up on an open top bus.
“I’m sure the people of South Tyneside and their loyal fan base will come out in force and join in with the homecoming celebrations, cheering them and the rest of the participants along the way.
“South Shields Football Club has gone from strength to strength. It has been a remarkable season for players, officials and fans alike, and now the whole borough can come together to mark the Mariners’ historic victory and give them the recognition they so rightly deserve.”