Don’t get the hump, but there are no camels for the pa­rade this year

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THE tra­di­tional camel pa­rade in South Shields has been forced to go ahead with­out the main at­trac­tion – the camels.

The an­nual fes­tive pa­rade along Ocean Road has marked the start of Christ­mas in South Ty­ne­side for the last six years.

But this year, the pa­rade has taken place with­out the camels af­ter a bad crash in York­shire stopped the an­i­mals be­ing trans­ported up to South Shields in time.

Due to the heavy traf­fic the de­ci­sion was taken to can­cel the camels’ ap­pear­ance last night.

South Ty­ne­side Coun­cil an­nounced the news yesterday af­ter­noon but said the rest of the pa­rade would be go­ing ahead.

It said: “We have been in­formed that due to un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances the Camel Pa­rade in South Shields will not fea­ture any camels! The camels are sorry to dis­ap­point. The pa­rade and other attractions will still go ahead as planned.”

The camels have been used to re-cre­ate the story from the nativity of the three wise men fol­low­ing the star to the birth­place of Je­sus.

The use of the camels has proved con­tro­ver­sial among an­i­mal rights ac­tivists how­ever, who have ar­gued that the an­i­mals should not be used for the pur­poses of en­ter­tain­ment.

To re­as­sure those wor­ried, the lo­cal au­thor­ity had in­sisted they would be in­spected by a vet on ar­rival. En­vi­ron­men­tal Health of­fi­cers were also due to be on site.

De­spite the lack of camels, there was street en­ter­tain­ment and a fi­nale of fire­works. Ocean Road and Sea Road north from the Sea Ho­tel round­about were closed for the event.

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