Celebrating park

Graeme Measor pictured with daughters Sophie(left) and Grace and a dog statue in the sensory garden at the park.
Graeme Measor pictured with daughters Sophie(left) and Grace and a dog statue in the sensory garden at the park.

SEATON Carew Park will be bouncing with activities on Bank Holiday Monday.

The Friends of Seaton Park volunteer group are holding their second annual community funday to encourage more visitors to use the park.

There will be all manner of fun family activities going on such as circus skills workshops, children’s rides, and coconut shy.

James Coils, chairman of the Friends of Seaton Park, said: “It is going to be absolutely fantastic and we are really looking forward to it.

“It is nice to be able to reap the rewards of all the hard work we have put in and see people enjoy the park.”

Older visitors will be asked to contribute any memories they have of the park from years gone by as part of an oral history project the friends group has been running.

The friends group won lottery funding earlier this year to delve into the area’s past including the park which opened in the 1960s.

James added: “We hope to build a website from the experiences people have shared so far and we hope to get some more stories on the day.”

He and friends secretary Graeme Measor will be dressed as Victorian bathers to add to the historical theme.

Monday’s event will also see willow weaving, bug boxes and Steve’s Animal Arc where visitors can get up close and personal with spiders and creepy crawlies.

Youngsters can decorate their own clay fired pots and there will be demonstrations from Hartlepool Hawks cheerleaders and the Hollis Dance Academy.

Local businesses have supported the event by donating tombola prizes.

It all takes place from 1pm-4pm and all are welcome.

Last year’s event saw the opening of the park’s sensory garden which has recently been completed with the addition of two chainsaw-carved benches.

The friends group have ambitious plans to improve leisure and sports facilities in the park off Station Lane.

They include a new pavilion and fitness trail.