Party at the Parade promotes key mental health message

Berwick Rotary Club’s Party on the Parade over the weekend has been judged the biggest and best yet.

By Ian Smith
Wednesday, 29 May, 2019, 16:38
The Shindiggers

The mixed weather did not deter hundreds of people from visiting The Parade.

A craft and antique fair was well attended whilst Talent on the Parade offered an open mic to acts such as the Alz Café Choir and the Shindiggers.The music continued when a sell-out crowd, including friends of Michael McLean, heard four acts play in support of local mental health charities.

Live music at Party at the Parade

Sunday saw the popular family day out, including live entertainment, a magician, and face painting, and ended with a rousing Songs of Praise.

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A key aim was to promote the #itsoknottobeok mental health helplines, promoted by Berwick Youth Project with Rotary backing, and 1,000 cards listing the phone numbers of seven different advice lines were distributed.

Club member Bryon Longbone said: “Great music, lots of smiling people and, much more importantly, we raised awareness of who to contact for mental health issues. It’s not impossible that a life may have been saved.”

Thanks were also given to major sponsors Olympus Marquees and Simpsons Malt, and all those who helped.