Sun shines on visitors as they enjoy medieval attractions at Jarrow event

The Jarrow Festival COmmunity and Charity fair was held at Drwwetts Park, Jarrow on Sunday, where there was arts and crafts, live music and demonstrations.

The Jarrow Festival COmmunity and Charity fair was held at Drwwetts Park, Jarrow on Sunday, where there was arts and crafts, live music and demonstrations.

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A Jarrow park came alive with the sounds of music and laughter as part of the town’s annual week-long festival.

Hundreds of people descended on Drewitts Park in Church Bank, yesterday, to browse a range of stalls and enjoy a day of fun in the sun.

The event, part of the Jarrow Festival, was organised by Groundworks South Tyneside with the help of funding from Big Local and the Jarrow Festival.

Dave Eason, operations manager and events said: “The preparation of this event has been going on for a few months ever since we took over the running of Jarrow Hall.

“It has been very much a team effort and I’m pleased with the turn out we’ve had. The weather has obviously helped as well.”

Throughout the day people were able to visit a number of stalls run by charities in the borough, as well as listen to a sea cadets musical display.

Live music was also on the programme to entertain the visitors while youngsters enjoyed a bouncy castle, fairground rides and face-painting.

Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Olive Punchion, said: “It’s a lovely event. They’ve managed to attract quite a crowd it’s nice to see.”

Meanwhile, in nearby Jarrow Hall, people were able to experience the medieval way of life with pony trap rides and re-enactments.

Leigh Venus, manager of Jarrow Hall said: “It’s the first time Groundworks has put this on and a huge thanks to the Big Local and the Jarrow Festival funds, who have enabled us to put on the event but to reduce our admission price to £1.

“It’s been great as it has given people the incentive to come in and find out more about Jarrow Hall and to see what’s on offer.”

Actors and actresses dressed in medieval style clothing walked around the historic site as they spoke to visitors about what life was like in years gone by.

Michelle Bettany, travelled from Durham with her son Matthew, nine to spend the day at the festival with her family.

She said: “I think it’s brilliant. It’s really good, the kids love it.

“We have travelled through especially for this and Matthew was really looking forward to it.

“He hasn’t been for a few years, but he loves it, he loved the re-enactment.”

The week-long Jarrow Festival is held annually, and sees community centres and groups host a range of events, activities and fun days for families.