Fun of the fair in aid of good causes

The Tea Ladies from last years Summer Charity Fayre in South Tyneside. Picture by Craig Leng
The Tea Ladies from last years Summer Charity Fayre in South Tyneside. Picture by Craig Leng

Families are being encouraged to enjoy all the fun of the fair this summer.

South Tyneside Council is hosting a Summer Charity Fayre on Saturday from 12.30pm to 4.30pm, in Bents Park, South Shields, as part of the annual South Tyneside Festival.

The Mayor, Councillor Alan Smith, will open the event,e which will feature 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.

The afternoon of free family-friendly entertainment will also include the Circus Whiz workshop, The Living Waters marching band and the Tales of Robin Hood interactive performance, with members of the audience playing all of the main parts.

Alongside the fun activities there will be a range of stalls supporting local charities and community groups to raise funds and awareness of their causes.

Coun Allan said: “The Summer Charity Fayre is a wonderful opportunity for families of all ages to enjoy an afternoon of free activities, entertainment and live music.

“We would encourage residents and visitors to come along and help support the wide variety of charities and community groups who will come together.”

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.

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

And 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.