A taste of Hawaii came to Hart Village, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, as its community hall was transformed into a surfers’ paradise for a family fun day.
Hula skirts and dazzling shirts filled the Front Street building as more than 50 residents took advantage of the event.
It was organised by Emma Clark and Emma Stanworth, of the Hart Village Hall Association, to promote the hall that they believe could be at risk of closure if it is not used more.
Mrs Clark said: “We have a lovely little village and a great facility in the hall, but with the way money is at the moment we need to make sure everyone uses it.
“We want the community to support it and put money back into the hall so we can keep it going.
“It’s here for the village to use so now we are trying to think outside the box to come up with ideas for people to enjoy it.
“This was one of our ideas and everyone seemed to enjoy it.”
The hall is usually used for classes, children’s parties and the occasional wedding, but Mrs Clark wants to see more events organised, no matter how bizarre.
She added: “It was a bit of a shock for some to see the hall so colourful and with a surf simulator, but even some of the more elderly residents were impressed and really got into the spirit of it.
“Hopefully this is something we can carry on and make this the centre of the community again.”
The next big event at the hall is an Easter fair on April 16, which will raise money for Hart Primary School.
From 2pm to 4pm, a host of stalls will be selling cakes, cards and plants while games and crafts will be on offer for children among a host of activities.
For more information about the event and the hall ring Mrs Clark on (01429) 854280.