Hart’s day of fun in the sun was a record breaker

The Balloon Man at Hart Village Fair on Saturday.

The Balloon Man at Hart Village Fair on Saturday.

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Hundreds of people turned out to enjoy fun in the sun - and they turned a village fair into a record-breaker.

A day of soaring temperatures and a packed programme of events meant the Hart Village Summer Fair was a winner.

Hart Village Fair on Saturday

Hart Village Fair on Saturday

Organisers from the Hart Village Joint Events Group had hoped to attract 350 but group member Bob Ord said: “It was fantastic with between 400 and 500 people turning up.

“We broke all records both in terms of the numbers of people who turned up and the amount of money we took.”

The event’s proceeds help to pay for the Bonfire Night fireworks in the village, in a tradition which started with a fireworks display for the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations.

The fair has long had association with the village’s St Mary Magdalene Church and was continuing in conjunction with the church.

It was a fantastic day and we broke all records with 400 to 500 people there

Bob Ord, Hart Village Event Group

It started with the lighting of an event beacon and a performance from the Hart Primary School Choir.

After that, the highlights included maypole dancing, a performance by the Bubble Man, and a fancy dress parade.

Children’s races, live music from the Hartlepool Ukelele Group, and medieval re-enactments were also lined up.

There was a dog show, where categories included the scruffiest canine and waggiest tail, and contests including welly hoying, a penalty shootout, scarecrow naming and a cake competition.

Lily Hogg (2) and Lydia Waite-Pullan (6) on a bouncy castle at Hart Village fair on Saturday.

Lily Hogg (2) and Lydia Waite-Pullan (6) on a bouncy castle at Hart Village fair on Saturday.

Other attractions included bouncy castle, barbecue tent, coconut shy and afternoon tea.

The Hart Village Joint Events Group holds the fair as “a voluntary event by the people of Hart Village for the people around Hart Village.”

Local children singing at the start of Hart Village Fair on Saturday.

Local children singing at the start of Hart Village Fair on Saturday.

Serving on the cake stall at Hart Village Fair on Saturday were l-r Pat Raine, Dorothy Anderson and Mary Scott.

Serving on the cake stall at Hart Village Fair on Saturday were l-r Pat Raine, Dorothy Anderson and Mary Scott.

A nice relaxing cuppa in the sunshine at Hart Village Fair on Saturday.

A nice relaxing cuppa in the sunshine at Hart Village Fair on Saturday.