PICTURES: Families enjoy Easter fun in South Shields

MARINE PARK ... All aboard, full train at the Marine Park.
MARINE PARK ... All aboard, full train at the Marine Park.

THE Bank Holiday break proved egg-stra special as residents enjoyed a day of Easter fun in the sun.

Families flocked to beauty spots across the borough to make the most of the final day of a long weekend away from work.

Souter Lighthouse, in Coast Road, Whitburn, proved a big hit as youngsters were invited to take part in an Easter egg hunt.

There was also a chance for little ones to brighten up their day with face painting before setting off on the chocolate trail.

Lisa Tooley, 44, from Whiteleas, South Shields, egg-splored the eye-catching route with her daughter Kate Tooley, 7.

Mrs Tooley said: “She loves it here. We are making the most of the break.”

Jenny Everett, 36, from South Shields, came along to the event with her children Millie, 4, and Isaac, 3, and their cousin Isla Orrock-Randell, 4.

Mrs Everett said: “The children have been very excited.

“It has been a lovely bank holiday.” Angela Reed, 33, from South Shields, and her husband Michael, enjoyed a fun-packed day out with children Sophie, three, and James, five, and their cousins, Alex and Stephen Hair, aged seven and eight.

Mrs Reed said: “We love coming to Souter Lighthouse, there is always something going on for the children to enjoy.

Dragun Laithwaite

Dragun Laithwaite

“We are just enjoying the day.”

Young and old alike packed into South Marine Park, in South Shields, to enjoy a day free of the usual Monday blues.

A whole host of attractions proved popular – from taking a ride on the park train or having a leisurely peddle on the boating lake, to the simple pleasure of an ice-cold lolly on a sun-kissed day.

Mick Barrell, 46, was out for a walk in the park with his three-year-old nephew, Dragun Laithwaite.

boat lake at Marine Park

boat lake at Marine Park

Mr Barrell said: “I have just been out for the day with my nephew.

“It has been a nice couple of hours.”

South Shields proved a popular destination for residents enjoying the Easter holiday.

Motorists were greeted by heavy traffic as they made their way to the beach, the fairground or the park on a fine spring after-

But with today being the precious last day of a bank holiday bonanza, residents were eager to get out in the sun, however long it took to reach their