Jez stars at festival launch

Local TV reporter Mel Crawford interviews Jez with Lord Mayor Ian Graham - for Made in Tyne & Wear

Local TV reporter Mel Crawford interviews Jez with Lord Mayor Ian Graham – she was meeting celebrities for her report for Made in Tyne & Wear

Jez the Ted launched the 2016 Teddy Bear Trail, as part of a lively launch for this year’s Jesmond Festival.
Scores of events take place across the area – and it looks like festival goers will be enjoying the best festival weather in many years!

Jez joins the audience to hear Town Crier Marjorie Dodds launch the 2016 Jesmond Festival

Jez joins the audience to hear Town Crier Marjorie Dodds launch the 2016 Jesmond Festival

Newcastle Cricket Club again hosts a wide range of events, from debates, live music and community groups, to the annual PIMMS WEEKEND. More details are available here.

Jez learns how to play the panpipes! - thanks to Apu musician Coca Vega

Jez learns how to play the panpipes! – thanks to Apu musician Coca Vega

Hundreds of local people took part in the Teddy Bear Trail in 2015 – to share the fun in 2016, you can collect your entry form at Jesmond Library or Newcastle Cricket Club – and also at two festival Teddy Bear Picnics. There are many more prizes this year, with a prize draw for everyone who takes part. Top prize is once again Afternoon Tea for Two at Jesmond Dene House.

Lots more details here. The hiding places of the twenty hidden teddies will be revealed after the festival final weekend, with displays from 26 May at the library and cricket club – and full details here on this website.

Jesmond Senior Men were represented at the launch - they're staging two of ten festival events at Newcastle Cricket Club

Jesmond Senior Men were represented at the launch – they’re staging two of ten festival events at Newcastle Cricket Club

Also represented at the launch was the rock Project - another of the ten festival events taking place at Newcastle Cricket Club

Also represented at the launch was the Rock Project, offering the chance for a free sampler – another of ten festival events taking place at Newcastle Cricket Club.

**Jez sends huge thanks to the wonderful toddlers and staff at Jesmond Nursery, who helped his teddy friends select their outfits before they went off to their Trail hosts!

**Many thanks to David Whinham for photography

Jes says hello to furry friend Rocky Raccoon at the Jesmond Festival launch.

Jes says hello to furry friend Rocky Raccoon at the Jesmond Festival launch.