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Summit to stregthen commitment to sustainable South Tyneside

The council will be hosting a programme of events and activities for the community, businesses and schools from 1-5 November to tie in with COP-26 – the UN’s 26th annual climate change conference.

It will focus on actions the council is taking to meet its ambitious carbon reduction targets, as well as how residents and businesses can play their part in tackling climate change.

Throughout the week, there will be opportunities for people to get involved in events and activities including film screenings, litter picks, vegan food tasting, nature walks and whale watching. There will be displays in various venues highlighting the council’s innovative ocean projects, groundbreaking renewable energy networks and habitat restoration schemes.

Cllr Tracey Dixon, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “In 2019 we set ourselves the target of becoming a carbon neutral council by 2030 and our climate change strategy is now embedded in everything we do, from how we procure goods and services, to installing solar panels on schools or developing an ever-growing network of electric vehicle charging points”

For further information on South Tyneside Climate Summit Week, visit

Special Honours Presented for Outstanding Services

Community champions, amazing achievers and Covid-19 heroes across South Tyneside have been honoured in style by order of Her Majesty The Queen.

The Lord Lieutenant of Tyne And Wear, Mrs Susan M. Winfield – the Queen’s representative – presented awards to four recipients in a special ceremony at South Shields Town Hall, hosted by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Pat Hay, and Mayoress, Jean Copp.

While Susan McVeigh formally received her OBE, British Empire Medals (BEMs) were also presented to David Scrafton, Nilima Rahman and Joshua Trueman.

The Lord Lieutenant said: “I was delighted to present the medals to such worthy recipients.  Each of them has made an outstanding contribution to our communities and their honours are richly deserved.  My congratulations to them all!’

Prestige Awards winners in South Shields

This week we had the pleasure of meeting Mr Shah Choudhury who runs his family business Zeera Indian Cuisine in Ocean Road South Shields .

We congratulate them on recently winning Best Indian Restaurant of the year in the North East Prestige Awards 2021/22.
Zeera is also shortlisted as a finalist at the English Curry Awards for Restaurant Of The Year across the North East and Best Team Of The Year .

We wish them the best of luck in the finals later in October .
Listen to our interview with Mr Choudhury how Zeera coped during lockdown and helped the community and also their forthcoming events.

Listen to the interview below.

Feast Festival at South Shields Market

The last weekend of September saw The Feast Festival at South Shields market place. The station covered the event with a live broadcast over the two days working together with South Tyneside Council.

Below, we’ve put together a gallery so you can see how the event went

We wish them the best of luck in the finals later in October .
Listen to our interview with Mr Choudhury how Zeera coped during lockdown and helped the community and also their forthcoming events.

You can also listen to an exclusive interview with Tracey Dixson, Leader of South Tyneside Council who tells us everything about the event.

Listen to the interview below.

Leader of South Tyneside Council talks to Radio Shields and tells us all about the Feast festival.

Feast Festival Gallery

Raising Money towards The Bradley Lowrey Foundation

A charity football match is being played in South Shields to raise money for the Bradley Lowrey Foundation and a leading autism charity.

It’s being organised by newly formed club Black Cat Rovers.

Our reporter Paul Anderson popped to the Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare ground, where it’s being played, to meet co-founder Karl Mawson.

Local School Sends Letters of Support to England FC

St Bede’s School in Jarrow has sent in letters of support to England Foot Ball Club following the racism abuse they experienced. This week presenter Daniel Thomas spoke with Year 4 and their teacher Miss Romano. You can Hear the interview below.


Boldon School year10 pupils Abigail Dawes and Sam Lawley, with Equinor’s Tom Nightingale and Cllr Mark Walsh.

Young people in the North East of England are set to share in a £1 million investment during the construction of Dogger Bank Wind Farm to prepare them for working life in a net zero world.

In a programme developed in partnership with local authorities in the North and North East of England, the wind farm will put science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), at the heart of children’s education, to help them prepare for the jobs that will be vital to the green economic recovery of the UK.

All 18 secondary schools in South Tyneside will have the chance to increase and expand their current science, technology, engineering and maths provision. The programme in South Tyneside will focus on the primary to secondary school transition, with specialist training provided to enhance the skills and experience of teachers. The funding will also be used to enhance careers services for school leavers.

South Tyneside Mayor visits Radio Shields

Cllr Pay Hay (Left) Mayoress Jean Copp (Middle) Kyle Scott CEO (Right) & Jessica Lamb

South Tyneside new Mayor and Mayoress visited the radio station and was very impressed with our set-up and how we work. The Mayor cllr Pat Hay said: “Great visit today to Radio Shields, nice to have a local radio station in our town of South Shields. All the service is run by some lovely volunteers. Thanks for having my Mayoress and I do radio interview with you”

Presenters Jessica& Jacqui Lamb interviewed the Mayor to officially congratulate her on her new role and asked some questions about the town.

You can listen to the interview here.