ORGANISERS of a popular fun day have reflected on a fantastic event - and added: “Everyone pulled together to make it happen”.
The annual Friends of Seaton Park summer funday pulled in a crowd of 700 people on Bank Holiday Monday.
They got to enjoy attractions such as a mobile skate park, Steve’s Animal Ark, a climbing wall for people to have a go on, and the Hartlepool Hawks cheerleaders who gave demonstrations.
Face-painting, rides, crafts and the chance to practice their circus skills from a big top trainer were just some of the options for children while people also got a chance to do some planting in the park’s sensory garden.
Organiser Graeme Measor said: “There are a lot of people who deserve praise because they all worked tirelessly.
“We want to thank the three Seaton councillors, Terry Atkinson, Paul Thompson and Tom Hind. They all contributed to make it happen.
“Deb Jefferson from the parks and countryside team, and all the volunteers from the team, set up gazebos and never stopped working. They kept the site tidy and helped with the planting of £200 of flowers. They also helped to clear up after the event”.
Andrea McLoughlin provided face painting while Coun Paul Thompson also volunteered to go in the stocks. Graeme added: “Hats off to him because he stayed in them for four hours.
“Then I was nominated to do the ice bucket challenge so Paul got to pour the water over me.
“We also have to thank all the businesses in the area. We went around and asked for raffle prizes and pretty much every one of them contributed towards it”.
A poignant aspect of the whole occasion was the naming of a new mermaid wood carving, made by Tommy Craggs and which was installed in the park as a tribute to former Seaton councillor Cath Hill.
Hartlepool’s Sea Cadets and Scouts attended and a fairground shy meant people to try and win themselves a coconut to take home.
Raffles, tombolas and representatives of the Friends of Teesmouth group meant a huge section of society was catered for.
Graeme said: “The weather wasn’t the greatest for the weekend but, taking that into account, the turnout on the day was fantastic.
“We raised £679 from the tombola, raffle and a name the pony competition”.