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Organisers hail fun day in South Shields Park as the ‘biggest one yet’

One of the stalls at the Family Fun Day at West Park, South Shields, on Saturday.
One of the stalls at the Family Fun Day at West Park, South Shields, on Saturday.

A day of family fun in a popular South Tyneside park has been hailed a success as visitor numbers doubled on the previous year.

People of all ages headed to the West Park in South Shields to be entertained by a range of dance groups and soak up the party atmosphere.

One of the stalls at the Family Fun Day at West Park, South Shields, on Saturday.

One of the stalls at the Family Fun Day at West Park, South Shields, on Saturday.

The annual fun day, held on Saturday, started life as a teddy bear’s picnic four years ago and has been growing in numbers year on year.

This year, organisers have hailed it as the “biggest one yet” with almost double the number of people heading down to take part in the day.

The event was officially opened by the Deputy Mayor of South Tyneside Coun Norman Dick, who also represents the board and sits on the Friends of the West Park group, which organised the event alongside Sian Thomas from charity Emmaus.

Throughout the day, entertainment was provided by DJ Mak, dance group Urban Flo, Hindu Nari Sangh’s Bollywood Sand dancers and Timeless Theatre Company. The Boys Brigade also gave a performance.

Dancers from Urban Flo dance School at the Family Fun Day at West Park, South Shields, on Saturday.

Dancers from Urban Flo dance School at the Family Fun Day at West Park, South Shields, on Saturday.

Coun Dick, said: “It was a brilliant day. It was by far the biggest one yet that we have had in terms of stalls and entertainment and the number of visitors.

“The event is getting bigger every year with a number of people asking if we will be doing it again next year.

“There is a lot of hard work which goes on behind the scenes to put on the event so when we receive positive feedback it does make it all worthwhile.

“It’s hard to believe it started off as a small teddy bears picnic four years ago and now we have dancers providing entertainment and lots of stalls.

Dancers from the Urban Flo dance School performing at the Family Fun Day at West Park, South Shields, on Saturday.

Dancers from the Urban Flo dance School performing at the Family Fun Day at West Park, South Shields, on Saturday.

“Sian Thomas for Emmaus has been brilliant at pulling the event together and organising it along with the Friends of West Park group.

“I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is involved in the organisation of the vent and to all those who came along and supported the day.”

7-year-old Stephen James George of South Shields has his face painted at the Family Fun Day at West Park, South Shields, on Saturday.

7-year-old Stephen James George of South Shields has his face painted at the Family Fun Day at West Park, South Shields, on Saturday.