Lots of laughs at Cleadon Park Fun Day

Lewis Rimington from Karbon Homes with children enjoying the teacup ride.
Lewis Rimington from Karbon Homes with children enjoying the teacup ride.

The sun had its hat on for families and residents attending this year’s annual fun day held in South Tyneside.

Over 800 people attended Cleadon Park Fun Day - which included bouncy castles, fairground rides and magic shows.

Firefighters from the Tyne and Wear Fire Service were kept busy with lots of families coming to chat to them. Laila Abdullah and show Archie Rae; Ava Carr and Alba Rae some of their rescue equipment.

Firefighters from the Tyne and Wear Fire Service were kept busy with lots of families coming to chat to them. Laila Abdullah and show Archie Rae; Ava Carr and Alba Rae some of their rescue equipment.

Some of the bravest visitors even got the opportunity to handle snakes, lizards and mice as part of a demonstration by a mobile petting zoo.

The event was held at Ridgeway Academy School and is hosted by Karbon Homes alongside South Tyneside Council, South Tyneside Homes, Ridgeway Children’s Centre and St Mark and St Cuthbert Church.

The fun day is a firm favourite of Karbon Homes and is a great opportunity to remember the achievements of the regeneration of the Cleadon Park estate and for members of the community to come together and have a great time.

During the event, which has been running for over 10 years, visitors also got the chance to meet representatives from the local Police and Fire Services.

Representatives of the partner organisations gather as the event is opened by Mayor of South Tyneside Coun Olive Punchion, front left and Mayoress Mary French, front right.

Representatives of the partner organisations gather as the event is opened by Mayor of South Tyneside Coun Olive Punchion, front left and Mayoress Mary French, front right.

The ever popular chocolate tombola, together with a donation from Kev’s Ices raised £350 for the Mayor of South Tyneside’s charities; CLIC Sargent Children’s Cancer and the British Heart Foundation.

The Cleadon Park area was transformed between 2004 and 2017 by a regeneration project which saw hundreds of homes demolished, and a total of 730 new homes built by Karbon Homes and Bellway at a cost of £90m, alongside fantastic community facilities including a Primary Care Centre and library.

Lewis Rimington, Community Development Officer at Karbon Homes, said: “The fun day at Cleadon Park is always a popular event with the local community and is a great way to celebrate all the achievements of the partners who delivered the £90m regeneration of the Cleadon Park estate.

“It is amazing to see how much this area has transformed over the years and this event gives residents the opportunity to come together and celebrate.”

Pic 1: Representatives of the partner organisations gather as the event is opened by Mayor of South Tyneside Coun Olive Punchion, front left and Mayoress Mary French, front right.

From left, back row; Lewis Rimington, Karbon Homes; Emma Leggott, South Tyneside Homes; Karen Pippett, Ridgeway Childrens’ Centre; Cllr Alex Donaldson; Rev. Kate Boardman, St Mark and St Cuthbert Church; Cllr Jim Foreman; Emma O’Sullivan, South Tyneside Homes and Andrea Wood, South Tyneside Council.

Pic 2: Firefighters from the Tyne and Wear Fire Service were kept busy with lots of families coming to chat to them. Laila Abdullah and show Archie Rae; Ava Carr and Alba Rae some of their rescue equipment.

Pic 3: Lewis Rimington from Karbon Homes with children enjoying the teacup ride.