IT was smiles all round for youngsters at a community fun day on a South Tyneside estate.
Hundreds of families descended on Ridgeway Primary School, in Park Avenue, South Shields, yesterday as the gates opened on Cleadon Park’s annual family fun day.
Despite the wind, the sun was shining as kids of all ages enjoyed playing on a range of inflatables.
The event was also attended by Northumbria Police and the Territorial Army, with officers and soldiers allowing people to have pictures taken in vehicles and to try on uniforms. Cleadon Park Labour councillors Alex Donaldson and Jim Foreman were among those who attended.
Coun Donaldson said: “It is a great day for Cleadon Park and its residents.
“It’s always nice to see families and the community coming together to enjoy themselves.
“I’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone who has made the event possible and the organisations who have helped to provide the funding to make sure this event happens.
“I’ve really enjoyed myself and it’s really nice to see all the young people laughing and enjoying themselves.”
Fay Shervington, from Cleadon Park, visited the fun day with her family and eight-year-old nephew Aiden Dilbert.
She said: “It’s great fun for the kids, and gives them something to do in the school holidays.
“It’s something I come along to every year as a family. The kids really look forward to it.”
The family fun day was organised by the Cleadon Park Regeneration Partnership, formed by South Tyneside Council, Isos, Bellway, Ridgeway School and Children’s Centre and residents.
It was helped by a £300 contribution from Bellway Homes towards the cost of putting on the event.