Tyne & Wear

Whitley Bay parade honours FA Vase cup winners

Whitley bay bus parade
Image caption Players and club staff showed off the trophy on board an open-topped bus

Large crowds have turned out to honour a North Tyneside seaside town's footballing heroes.

Whitley Bay FC broke records by winning the FA Vase for the third successive year when it beat Coalville Town at Wembley Stadium last weekend.

Players and club staff showed off the trophy during an open-top bus parade.

Thousands of people lined the circular route, which started at Hillheads Park stadium, and returned via St Mary's lighthouse and Tynemouth.

North Tyneside Elected Mayor Linda Arkley, who was among the supporters at Wembley, described the win as a "fantastic achievement".

She said: "The final itself was very exciting but more than a bit nerve-wracking too.

"Coalville Town were extremely tough opposition and made Whitley Bay fight all the way, but thankfully they got their win in the end."

Karen Goldfinch, chair of Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade, said: "To say we're proud of the team is an understatement.

"Whitley Bay as a town has got behind the team again, blue and white in windows, businesses supporting the club by selling tickets, cakes, providing flowers for the team and even stripy paint.

She added: "The community atmosphere surrounding this is incredible, everyone's talking about it, from locals to holiday makers visiting the town."

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