From hair to fair - families enjoy freedoms in South Shields as restrictions lift on April 12

For some a trip to the fair had been top of the list for a family day out as restrictions were eased – while others dashed to the barbers and hairdressers for a long overdue cut.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 6:17 pm

The sunshine drew crowds to Ocean Beach Pleasure Park on Sea Road, South Shields, on Monday as youngsters enjoyed the new rides on offer after months of closure.

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park owner and operator Michael Sheeran was pleased to see families returning after so long.

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Happy times in South Tyneside, whether it's a haircut or a hair-raising time at the fair

He said: “It has been a great turn out.

"It is just nice to see families come down.

“We’re operating in a covid-safe way with hand sanitizer points, increased cleaning, a one way system and face masks.

"We also have people counters on the gate as we are trying to operate like a supermarket with a one-in-one-out policy when it gets to capacity.”

All the fun of the fair at South Shields on Monday.

The fair is open from 11am to 8pm each day to enable families to pay a visit after school.

Mum Georgia Robson was enjoying a visit to the fair with son Daniel, 18 months.

"It is so lovely to be out with the kids,” she said.

"My little one has never been out because of the lockdown so it’s nice to meet people.”

People enjoy new ride the Speed Buzz at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park in South Shields on Monday.

For others a trip to the barbers and hairdressers was their first port of call on Monday morning.

Sharon Pittuck, owner of The Barber Shop on Mile End Road, South Shields, said customers had been coming in thick and fast through the doors since she opened up at 8.30am.

“After four months off I am delighted to be back,” she said.

Crowds enjoying a trip to the fair.

"We opened at 8.30am and we have already had 16 people in (by 11.30am).

"We are doing appointments but also doing walk-ins.

"It is just lovely to get back when you are passionate about your work.

"I have missed the customers – we’re like a barber shop family.”

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The Barber Shop owner Sharon Pittuck cutting the hair of Michael Renshaw on Monday.

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Baltic Barbers in Dean Road, Westoe, was among those welcoming back customers