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.
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.
New ride Speed Buzz was the popular choice for visitors returning to the fair, but it wasn’t for the faint-hearted as it swings passengers 360 degrees and over 100ft in the air for the ultimate thrill.
Ocean Beach Pleasure Park owner and operator Michael Sheeran was pleased to see families returning after so long.
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.”
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.”
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.
"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.”