Sunshine came out ‘ride’ on time!

GREAT DAY OUT ...youngsters have fun at the fair at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park.
GREAT DAY OUT ...youngsters have fun at the fair at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park.

PEOPLE in South Tyneside were looking on the bright side of life after enjoying a Bank Holiday bonanza.

Weeks of gloomy weather were forgotten as a burst of summer sunshine saw trade heat up in the borough.

While it was the second bank holiday of the month, enthusiasm for the break was as high as ever.

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park in South Shields welcomed plenty of fun seekers in the sun throughout the long weekend.

The fairground, on Sea Road, was packed to the brim with youngsters keen to go out and play while the sun shone

Temperatures soared to a high of more than 70F during the weekend, with the rain staying away.

The dry and sunny conditions helped ensure a bumper turnout for outdoor events being held in South Tyneside.

While temperatures had cooled to around 60F on Monday, there was still plenty of good times to be had for those away from school or the office.

Albert Sheeran, whose family have run the fairground for years, said: “We’ve had a very good turnout over the weekend.

“We were packed out on Saturday and Sunday.  

“People have been waiting for some good weather. Everyone has had a great time. The main thing is always that the weather stays dry. It’s good to get the kids off their consoles and outside.”

The summer sunshine wasn’t a hit with everyone, though.

It meant a slight fall in numbers taking to the arcades at Dunes Family Entertainment Centre over the weekend.

Stephen McLane, assistant manager of the complex, said: “We had a few less people at the arcades on Saturday and Sunday because of the warm weather, but we’ve been busy again for Bank Holiday Monday.

“Families made the most of an extra day off by heading out for a host of activities being held across the borough.

“Events included a Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Boldon Lodge, with stories, crafts and woodland games for parents and little ones, and a chance to learn the wonders of weaving at Bede’s World in Jarrow.

Souter Lighthouse on the Coast Road in Whitburn, was another popular destination during a busy Bank Holiday Monday.

A Souter Seahorse Safari kept children of all ages entertained throughout the morning. Children spent a couple of hours searching the rockpool’s along Souter’s rocky shore.