Paul YoungEIGHTIES icon Paul Young will lay down his hat at Hardwick Hall Hotel this autumn (September 30) at the 13th annual North East Oyster Festival.

The leading event in the North East’s social calendar is heading back to the Sedgefield hotel after it went on tour to Newcastle last year to coincide with the Rugby World Cup.

Famous for pop hits including Wherever I Lay My Hat, Love of the Common People and Every Time You Go Away, the pop heartthrob of the 1980s is still very much in demand as an artist and is currently touring Europe.

He will be joined at the festival by top comedian Bobby Davro as well as soul singer Diane Shaw who has performed alongside legends like Martha Reeves, Sister Sledge, Alexander O’Neal and many more.

North East comedian Steve Walls will return to compere the event which will also feature Irish folk music by the popular JJ Galway Band.

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

Guest will be able to enjoy a Champagne reception, a three-course fruit de mer menu, oyster stalls and complimentary beer, lager and wine.

John Adamson, Director of Ramside Estates said: “This will be our 13th annual North East Oyster Festival and we are looking forward to returning to our roots at Hardwick Hall after taking it to Newcastle last year.

“We are delighted to have been able to attract high profile stars like Paul Young and Bobby Davro this year and we are confident that this will be our biggest event yet.

“The event is about helping local good causes and we hope we can raise a large amount of money for Butterwick Hospice Care.”

Tickets for the 13th annual North East Oyster Festival cost £140 per person and are available by calling 01740 620 253 or emailing events@hardwickhallhotel.co.uk. More information is available atwww.theoysterfestival.co.uk