THEY had fun in the sun as the bank holiday revellers finally got some weather to cheer about.
After a winter which seemed to last forever, Hartlepool and East Durham sweltered in temperatures of up to 16 degrees Celsius on Saturday and Sunday.
But sadly, it wasn’t the start of a prolonged summer.
Temperatures were expected to have halved by Tuesday this week and the prospect looked set to be the same until Thursday.
But the worst is yet to come after that.
Weathermen were predicting rain spreading from the west on Friday and showers developing over next weekend – and perhaps even a risk of hail and thunder.
In the meantime, Hartlepool people made the most of the sun.
After months of miserable weather, revellers headed for attractions such as Hartlepool Marina.
A fairground at the Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience was also pulling in visitors as was nearby HMS Trincomalee.
Robert Cooper senior, whose family runs the fairground, said trade was “very good” with between 1,500 and 2,000 people turning out on one day alone to enjoy the fair.