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A POPULAR festival is back for a tenth year.

The annual Oyster Festival at Hardwick Hall Hotel, in Sedgefield, will return in September with entertainment from comic pianist Kev Orkian, soul singer Diane Shaw and Celtic folk-rock band Wildcats of Kilkenny.

John Adamson, managing director of Ramside Estates, which owns the hotel, said: “The 10th anniversary of the Oyster Festival marks a great achievement, which is why we want to make it a fantastic occasion and celebrate in style.”

Over the last decade, the event has raised more than £450,000 for a range of charities including the Foundation of Light, Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Brain and Spine Foundation.

This year’s chosen charity is the Newcastle United Foundation which uses football to encourage learning and promote healthy lifestyles.

Festival guests can look forward to a three-course meal. The festival runs from 11am to 6pm and packages are now available.

For further information, contact (01740) 620253 or email dawn.coates@hardwickhallhotel.co.uk