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Sunday, September 08, 2019

Showtime keeps on runnin' on Great North Run Day!

(Report by Russell/cartoon adapted from an original by the late Bill Shaw).

Early Sunday morning some sixty thousand people gathered in Newcastle for the start of this year's Great North Run. Crowds lined the route dotted with mile markers and feeding stations down to the finish on South Shields' sea front. At three miles (near Gateshead International Stadium) the sounds of New Orleans jazz spurred on Olympians, club runners and an assortment of chickens, hippos and super hero characters. Tyneside's finest - the Northern Monkey Brass Band - played a selection of big, bold, brassy numbers to help the runners on their way. 
Mid-afternoon on Grainger Street in Newcastle BSH bumped into David Gray sporting a Diabetes UK cap, trombone case slung over his shoulder. Showtime had been on duty at the charity's pitch on the Felling Bypass with Graham Hardy's NMBB. All in a good cause, well done to Graham and the lads. Later (early evening) you'll find Showtime at Revolućion de Cuba in the Cloth Market with one or two friends playing some good time party tunes. Vive la revolućion!  
Russell

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