Danny Boyle to deliver South Shields lecture

South Shields Lecture 2017

David Miliband has announced that the 2017 South Shields Lecture will be delivered by award winning film producer, Danny Boyle. His work includes, Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, The Beach, Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later and 127 Hours.

In addition to his blockbuster films, he was the Artistic Director for Isles of Wonder, the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games. Having recently just completed Trainspotting 2, Danny’s next journey will bring him to the North East for the event in South Shields on Friday 29th September.

David Miliband said: “When I stood down as MP for South Shields, I gave a commitment that I would continue to organise and chair the South Shields Lecture. It’s always great to come back to the town, and it’s even more special that I can bring Danny Boyle with me to deliver the 2017 lecture. Danny’s early days reflect the history of many South Shields families of Irish descent. Danny Boyle was born into a working class family in the North West, his parents arriving there from County Galway. I am looking forward to reflecting with him on his personal story, his extraordinary artistic achievements, and his view of Britain five years on from the Olympics Opening Ceremony that encapsulated so many hopes for a caring, creative Britain. We will have a special evening on 29th September, for local people to listen to someone who has captured the imagination of millions worldwide.”

Danny Boyle said: “I accepted David’s invitation immediately. In fact I said why haven’t you invited me before now?! I know South Shields is proud of its history but is also looking forward, economically and culturally. I am looking forward to meeting people from the town at Harton Technology College, and sharing my thoughts about the past and future.”

The three most recent speakers at the South Shields Lecture have been Sam Mendes, Sting and David Walliams. The lecture was established in 2001, when Neil Kinnock was speaker. The event has continued to grow and evolve. Others include former Prime Minister Tony Blair, comedian Jo Brand and film producer David Puttnam.

Sir Ken Gibson, Headteacher of Harton Technology College said: “We are delighted to host the South Shields Lecture at Harton Technology College for the 9th consecutive year. We have been privileged to have met some fabulous guest speakers, and the prospect of Danny Boyle coming to Harton is incredibly exciting. As a school we strive for excellence and aspiration for all students, and Danny’s story will, I am sure, be inspirational.”

The sponsor of the 2017 lecture will once again be the Port of Tyne.

Andrew Moffat, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Tyne said: “The South Shields Lecture is a great annual event that brings national and international acclaim to the region, and we are delighted that our sponsorship helps make it possible. Danny Boyle is another excellent choice to deliver the lecture: which will no doubt be a notable event.”

The lecture will be hosted at Harton Technology College on Friday 29th September 2017, starting at 6.30pm. Tickets are free, but demand will be high so early application is therefore advisable. Tickets are limited to two per a household.

Requests for tickets should be made by email: events@harton-tc.co.uk Please remember to include, name, full address and contact number.

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