SCORES of South Tynesiders and tourists flocked to the coast to make the most of the glorious Good Friday weather.
South Shields’ beaches, parks and fairground were all filled from early in the day, with families taking advantage of the bank holiday sunshine.
Emma Arkley, marketing officer at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, was delighted with the booming trade which was helped by the BBC’s Great North Passion event in nearby Bents Park.
She said: “We were busy from 10am, it’s been fantastic, and the fact that it’s such a nice day makes all the difference,
“I also think we’ve got a lot more people in town from outside the area today too, thanks to the Great North Passion. So we’re hoping once that’s finished, we will see another wave of customers in the afternoon.”
Lucky little Niamh Simpson, 19 months old, from Chichester, South Shields, was thrilled to win a giant inflatable lolly on the hook-a-duck game.
The tot was enjoying her first ‘proper’ Easter with parents Abigale, 23, and Michael Simpson, 34.
Abigale said: “This is the first time she’s been old enough to enjoy a proper Easter, but she’s having a great time.”
It was also family affair for Alfie Hawcock, seven, from Mortimer Road, South Shields.
He and his mum Kirsty Murray visited the fairground with most of their relatives.
Kirsty said: “I’ve came down to the fair and seafront since I was younger than Alfie, so it’s quite a thing for the family. It’s been great.”
Hairdresser Lynn Stanners, 30, and husband Mark Stanners, 34, from Boldon, were enjoying a fun-filled day out with their daughter Grace, four.
Mark, an offshore scaffolder, said: “Grace has had a great time so far, the weather has been really good. But we’re all getting a bit hungry, so will be having some fish and chips soon.”