South Shields fun day is a hit with youngsters

The sun shines on centre's family fun day.
The sun shines on centre's family fun day.

A family fun day thrown into doubt over a lack of funds turned out to be a roaring success.

Hundreds of people of all ages descended on Chuter Ede Community Centre at the weekend to enjoy a range of activities.

Chuter Ede fun day.

Chuter Ede fun day.

Doubts had been raised whether the day would go ahead due to lack of funding.

However, thanks to management and staff at the venue, in Galsworthy Road, Biddick Hall, and sponsorship from Trocaderos, the day went ahead.

Youngsters were able to enjoy a range of fairground rides and bouncy castles, while the BBC was on hand to speak to residents about their music tastes and the Cultural Spring.

Resident sports club CE Sports provided a sports-day-style event, while the girls from Newcastle United Woman’s Football Club took time out to meet and greet football fans.

We couldn’t have wished for better weather

Jason Meiers

Children’s characters also paid a visit to the centre, much to the delight of youngsters.

The event was attended by the area’s councillors.

Centre manager Jason Meiers said: “The family fun day is a popular event which is the highlight of the centre’s calendar.

“There were concerns if it would go ahead this year, but thanks to Trocadero’s and others we were able to pull it off.

Chuter Ede fun day.

Chuter Ede fun day.

“Everyone appeared to have a great time and we couldn’t have wished for better weather.”

During the event singers Mea Dean and Ellie Stephenson took to the mic to belt out a range of tunes.

Hedworthfield Community Radio (HCA) were also there to help provide the entertainment.

Jason Meiers with Newcastle United FC girls at the fun day.

Jason Meiers with Newcastle United FC girls at the fun day.