Garden visitors get a taste of the past

VISITORS to a community garden were given a taste of the past with a World War One commemorative event.

Greenhope Oasis opened its gates to the public to host a day of family fun and reflection, to mark 100 years since the start of the Great War.

The event, organised by Greenhope Oasis with support from NECA – a charity which helps offer support to people battling addictions – saw almost 300 people of all ages descend on the allotment site to enjoy a range of entertainment, look through historic artefacts and take part in craft sessions.

The site is at All Saints’ Allotments in Brockley Avenue, South Shields.

Project worker Dave Johnson said: “The feedback from the day has been fantastic – everyone had a really great day.

“It was great to see people of all ages coming together to mark the event – it’s just what work like this is all about, bringing communities together.

“People have asked if we would organise more events like this, so it is something we will be looking at.”

Model soldiers created by those who use the site were on display with entertainment provided by ukulele player James Bassett and line dancers from All Saints’ CA and Tabatha’s dance school.

Mr Johnson added: “When you see people from the community enjoying themselves, it makes all the hard work organising these events all the more worthwhile.”

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