Sun shines on park event

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HUNDREDS of people had a fun-packed afternoon at a park’s biggest event of the year.

Despite the windy weather, around 1,000 people of all ages enjoyed the sights and sounds at Ward Jackson Park in Hartlepool yesterday.

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The Summer Extravaganza, organised by The Friends of Ward Jackson Park, featured a host of activities.

Along with the usual mix of fairground rides, stalls and games, music was at the heart of this year’s fun day.

Local musicians from the band Sound Intention went down well with visitors as they performed in the park’s little-used bandstand.

Rachel Wilson, chairman of the friends group, said the group was one of the highlights of the afternoon.

They played acoustic music backed up by digital tracks.

Rachel said: “Everyone that came along had a brilliant time.

“The bands performing in the bandstand have been great and the climbing tower has been non stop.

“All of the stalls inside and outside the cafe have done brilliantly and everyone enjoyed the fairground rides.

“The weather held out and we were blessed with some sunshine and the rain kept away which was a miracle.

“For all the hard work from all the volunteers, hat’s off to them and thank you to them all.

“We do it all for the love of the park.”

Other attractions included giant inflatable balls on water and a vintage mechanical organ provided by Hartlepool funeral service Mason and Gerald Martin.

The Teesside Twirlers entertained with their batons and acrobatics in their first appearance at the event.

The Friends of Ward Jackson Park includes around 12 volunteers.

The August Bank Holiday fun day is one of three events they stage throughout the calendar along with an Easter fair and Christingle at Christmas.

The group’s aim is to see more people use and enjoy the Victorian park.