THERE was plenty of fun in the sun when families flocked to two popular South Tyneside attractions.
People came from all over the region to join in the May Day celebrations at Bede’s World and enjoy the rides and games at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park today.
At Bede’s World, in Church Bank, Jarrow, families could take a stroll around the farm and meet the animals, make May garlands and bracelets, dance around the May Pole and watch play, George and the Dragon, which tells the story of our patron saint.
Keith Hemmer, a seasonal learning assistant at Bede’s World, who was starring in the play as Princess Lola, said: “This play was all about getting people involved in what we do here at Bede’s World.
“It’s a great celebration for families and of Englishness.”
Farm manager Val Waltl, who was helping children make May garlands, added: “These are traditional garlands decorated with leaves and flowers to celebrate spring.
Spring is a very exciting time on the farm. The flowers are starting to come out and it would have signified to the Anglo Saxons that the harvest was beginning and this year’s food was on the way.Val Waltl, Bede’s World farm manager
“Spring is a very exciting time on the farm. The flowers are starting to come out and it would have signified to the Anglo Saxons that the harvest was beginning and this year’s food was on the way.”
Emma Stewart and her husband, William, visited Bede’s World with their daughters Sophie, six, and Charlotte, three.
Emma, of South Shields, said: “We saw the event advertised and thought we’d come along. It’s my birthday and we wanted to do something different to celebrate.
“It’s been a brilliant way to spend my birthday and it’s a lovely place to visit as a family.”
Over at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, families enjoyed the rides and trying their hand at winning some prizes.
Joanne and Mark Moffett, of Boldon, went along to the fair, in Sea Road, South Shields, with their grandchildren Macie, four, and Lilly, one.
Joanne said: “We come to the fair quite often because the girls love it.
“This trip was a little treat for them and so they could spend their pocket money. We always have a good time.”
Jane and Malc Keith travelled from Newbiggin with their great-nephew Daniel Robinson, five.
Malc said: “We come together every bank holiday.
“Daniel loves it. He always loves going on the bungee and always tries to get me on the twister with him.”