Popular events will return to this North East beach town next summer following the council’s decision to approve an application.

The beach party dance nights regularly attracted more than 10,000 people to Redcar pre-pandemic, leading to a major boost in businesses for the local hospitality sector.

A licence application for the party – and a major concert - to return to the beach near Majuba Road on Friday (July 5) and Saturday (July 6) next year have now been approved by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council (RCBC).

Organisers Neil Winterbottom and Jordan Jefferson added the two shows will be very different, with a “major” musical live act set to feature for ‘On The Beach Live’ on Friday night.

Mr Jefferson said: “Everyone at the Council has been so positive about it and we developed a really positive relationship with the wider community over the years.

“For example, I remember getting an earful in the first year from an elderly lady who would be up early walking her dog as we started to set up.

“In the following years we became friends - her grandchildren would come to the show and really enjoy it -  and she would ask about my family and I’d ask about hers. That was typical.

“We’re from this area and it’s really important to us to support our area and work with our community as well as just making sure everyone has a great time.”

ModeFest, Saturday night’s event, is expected to feature a line up of DJs from around the world.

Mr Winterbottom said he is proud of his home and noted the event attracts people from around the country.

He said: “This attracts people from Aberdeen to Plymouth and it is so nice to be welcomed back to this wonderful venue.

“The beach and seafront is so beautiful and, if we get the weather, I’d say it’s as good a venue for a beach party as anywhere in the world.

“We’re business people, of course, but we’re also two, proud local lads who want our area to well.”

Councillor Carrie Richardson, deputy leader of the council, said: “This is great news. People from right across the country will come to this event and will see just how stunning our beach and seafront is and, we hope, come back again.

“It will be also be a major boost for many of our businesses as well as just being good fun for everyone who attends.”

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Councillor Alec Brown, council leader, said: “We have stunningly beautiful beaches, seafronts and countryside as well as first class accommodation and infrastructure - so it makes absolutely sense that excellent events like this, with a national appeal, should come here.

“Our tourism industry is very important for our economy and has great potential, so this is really fantastic news.

“I’m sure it’s going to be brilliant fun for thousands of music lovers from the borough and also our very welcome visitors next summer.”