Heavy rain fails to dampen spirits at Hartlepool family fun day

Family Fun Day in Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool.
Family Fun Day in Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool.
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Heavy rain failed to dampen spirits as people flocked to a family fun day in Hartlepool.

The annual Friends of Ward Jackson Park summer fun day attracted visitors young and old, despite the downpour.

Family Fun Day in Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool.

Family Fun Day in Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool.

The event, held in July each year, is one of four annual events organised by the friends group - the others being held at Halloween, Christmas and Easter.

Families attending were entertained by two shows , performed by Circus Stars on Tour, and were also able to participate in circus skills workshops.

There was also a Punch and Judy show, dance performances by pupils at Hollis Academy of Dance, fair ground rides, stalls selling various items as well as food and refreshments, and a number of charity information displays.

There were also craft workshops and the Victorian Society, dressed up in period costumes, and revellers could join them for a Victorian afternoon tea, while a collection was held to raise money for help for heroes.

Family Fun Day in Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool.

Family Fun Day in Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool.

Friends of Ward Jackson Park Chairman Jane Rollo said:"We drew quiet a crowd despite the rain, although the numbers wereb't what we would normally expect.

"It stopped raining just as we finished.

"We try to raise money for us at theses eventsm then the money we raise is spent in the park.

"We planted five trees for the queen's birthday, with the help of the children from West Park Academy."

Family Fun Day in Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool.

Family Fun Day in Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool.

The group is now trying to raise money to refurbish the bandstand, estimated to cost between £15,000 and £25,000.

To help, contact treasurer Jackie Gettings at Epilepsy Outlook, in Park Road.

Family Fun Day in Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool.

Family Fun Day in Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool.

Family Fun Day in Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool.

Family Fun Day in Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool.

Family Fun Day in Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool.

Family Fun Day in Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool.