Hardwick HallTICKETS are being snapped-up fast ahead of the 13th annual North East Oyster Festival at Hardwick Hall this autumn (September 30).

Pop icon Paul Young will headline a day of entertainment and fine food at the Sedgefield hotel, in the leading event on the North East’s social calendar which will raise money for Butterwick Hospice Care.

The 80s heartthrob is best known for his string of pop hits including Love of the Common People, Wherever I Lay My Hat and Every Time You Go Away. Earlier this year he released his first solo album in two decades entitled Good Thing, featuring a collection of Memphis soul tunes.

Funnyman Bobby Davro has been making people laugh since his TV debut in 1981, and is sure to get the audience chuckling with his stage act.

He will be joined by soul singer Diane Shaw, who has performed alongside legends like Martha Reeves, Sister Sledge and Alexander O’Neal, as well as popular Irish folk musicians JJ Galway Band.

Returning once again is popular North East comedian Steve Walls, who will be compere on the night.

The North East Oyster Festival is organised every year by Ramside Estates and this year, proceeds will be donated to Butterwick Hospice Care which operates hospices in Stockton and Bishop Auckland to care for people of all ages with progressive life-limiting illnesses.

John Adamson, Director of Ramside Estates is pleased with how well ticket sales are going, and urged anyone who has not yet snapped one up to move quickly.

“The North East Oyster Festival is one the most popular events in the region and as a result is proving very popular,” he said. “We’ve had a strong demand for tickets and I would advise anyone who is thinking about buying tickets to do so now to avoid disappointment.

“This will be our 13th year of staging the festival and it continues to go from strength to strength, helping support good causes. This year we are supporting Butterwick Hospice Care and we’d like to raise as much money as possible to support this wonderful local charity.”

Tickets cost £140 per person and include a Champagne reception, a three-course fruit de mer menu, oyster stalls and complimentary beer, lager and wine.

They are available to purchase now by calling 01740 620 253 or emailing events@hardwickhallhotel.co.uk. More information is available at www.theoysterfestival.co.uk