Friday Focus: Port-of-Tyne gets a Sting


Global superstar Sting was the star attraction at the 13th annual lecture at Harton Technology College in South Shields, UK, organised by former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband and sponsored by the Port of Tyne.

Andrew Moffat, CEO of the Port of Tyne, said: “It seemed fitting to invite Sting and David back to the river, he was interested to see ships being loaded and was pointing out Wallsend to his friends on the pilot boat.”

Later the audience at Harton Technology College were kept entertained by a mix of memories and music, as Sting spoke about his upbringing on Tyneside.

Sting said: “This is the first time I have performed in South Shields.

“I played Dubai on Friday night and Perth the night before. I didn’t bat an eyelid playing in front of 12,000 people. But I felt rather nervous coming to speak here today.

“To speak in front of your own people, to your own community, can be tough.”

Sting recently launched a broadway musical entitled 'The Last Ship' based on his childhood up-bringing in the North-eastern town of Tyneside.

See below for Sting's 'Message in a Bottle' music video:

(Source: The Police VEVO)

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