Family fun at charity fayre

People trying their luck on the tombola.

People trying their luck on the tombola.

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Scores of South Tynesiders had fun in the sun while rasing cash for charity.

Hundreds turned out to a summer charity fayre in Bents Park, South Shields, yesterday, as part of the annual South Tyneside Festival.

Two 'ladies' browsing clothes.

Two 'ladies' browsing clothes.

The event featured live music from local band The Gaslighters, Morris dancing from the Benfieldside Folk Dance Group, children’s entertainment, fairground rides, face painting, a climbing wall and garden games arena.

Alongside the fun activities there was a range stalls supporting local charities and community group raising funds and awareness of their causes.

The Mayor, Coun Alan Smith, who opened the event. He said: “The summer charity fayre was a wonderful opportunity for families of all ages to enjoy an afternoon of free activities, entertainment and live music.”

Other highlights of the annual festival include a nautical-themed parade through the streets of South Shields on Saturday, July 2, Proms in the Park on Sunday, July 3, and four open air Sunday Concerts at Bents Park.

It was a wonderful opportunity for families.

Coun Alan Smith

There will also be craft markets at Harton Quays Park on the first Sunday of the month from May to September.

Plus live music at the Sandhaven Amphitheatre on Thursdays and Saturdays during June, a Kids Fun Fest featuring children’s entertainment on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 2 to 25 August and brass band performances on Sunday afternoons throughout June, July and August.

A youngster getting into a spin.

A youngster getting into a spin.

A little boy makes a new friend.

A little boy makes a new friend.

Morris dancing from the Benfieldside Folk Dance Group.

Morris dancing from the Benfieldside Folk Dance Group.

People enjoying a  performance.

People enjoying a performance.