Grand day of Victorian fun in store at Hartlepool park

James Coils, left, and Graeme Measor at last year's park fun day.

James Coils, left, and Graeme Measor at last year's park fun day.

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A popular park’s annual fun day is shaping up to be one of the best ever.

The Friends of Seaton Park group have teamed up with Hartlepool Victorian Society to stage a Grand Victorian Festival, on Bank Holiday Monday, on August 31.

It’s shaping up to be the best funday yet

Graeme Measor, Friends of Seaton Park

People are invited to let their hair down and enter into the spirit of the bygone age by dressing in Victorian costume.

The fun begins down on the beach – while the park itself, off Station Lane, will be the site for an afternoon of fun and games.

The organisers, who are all volunteers, have brought back some of the popular attractions from previous years, as well as adding one or two new activities to keep things fresh.

Graeme Measor, secretary of the Friends of Seaton Park, said: “We have got loads going on, starting at 10.30am with a kids’ sand castle competition on the beach, opposite the paddling pool.

“There will then be the bathing belles and the Victorians on the beach with a beach ball competition.

“Then, from noon to 4pm, there will be a short parade along the seafront from the Marine Hotel into Seaton Park, when the funday officially starts.”

“It’s shaping up to be the best fun day yet.”

Among the host of attractions in the park include children’s rides, Punch and Judy, Steve’s Animal Ark, a shoe shine boy, Hartlepool’s bubble man, stocks and stalls selling preserves.

Hartlepool Ukulele Group will appear and cash prizes will be awarded for the best children’s and adults Victorian dress.

To enter, call (01429) 289998 or 07881 670713.