All the fun of the fair is a Bank Holiday hit in Hebburn

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It has caused a storm in the teacups for neighbours - but all the fun of the fair proved a Bank Holiday hit on a South Tyneside street.

A bumper crowd of hundreds turned out in force as the curtain was brought down on the three-day Hebburn Carnival in Fountains Park, Hebburn, today.

The fun fair attraction - which has been swinging into action for the last five years - has come under from residents of Aln Street, whose homes overlook the park.

Neighbours have called for the fun fair to be shifted to a different park in the town - saying the barrage of noise and large crowds flocking on to their doorstep has proved a nightmare experience.

While the fed-up neighbours on Aln Street don’t want the funfair to be halted, they believe a more suitable venue away from a residential area should be sought.

South Tyneside Council said it would work with organisers to ensure disruption was kept to a minimum.

It is always a pleasure to come to Hebburn.

Keith Turner

But scores of carnival-goers who packed into the green spot say they had a ‘ride’ good time - and are eager for the fair to take over the town for years to come.

Young and old alike enjoyed a rich array of activities - from face painting and a meet and greet with superheroes such as Batman and Super Woman - as well as taking a trip on the waltzer, a bouncy castle, a mini-wheel and a string of other rides.

Denise Churchill, 48, brought her grandchildren, Oliver Kain, 5, and four-year-old Grace Duke along for some Bank Holiday fun.

Mrs Churchill said: “We have really enjoyed it and the children didn’t know what ride to go on next.

“There is a good variety of rides.

“It is great for Hebburn, though I can understand why the people on the street wouldn’t want a fairground so close to them.”

Linzy Shields brought along her six-year-old daughter Starla Campbell, who was grinning from ear-to-ear at the prospect of a day of fairground fun.

Starla said: “It is really fun, my favourite ride is the waltzer.”

Keith Turner, boss of Turners Funfairs who organise the show, said he was delighted with the public response to this year’s extravaganza.

He said: “It is always a pleasure to come to Hebburn.

“We have had really good feedback and the turnout has been fantastic throughout the three days.

“We want to make this is an annual show.”