Weekend events a huge success

Garry Ridden with eight-year-old son Peter

Garry Ridden with eight-year-old son Peter

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THOUSANDS of people made the most of the good weather over the weekend to enjoy a popular festival.

Musical talent was on show in abundance as town charity Red Dreams hosted their annual Pitch Invasion festival.

The UK Foo Fighters on stage at the Pitch Invasion concert

The UK Foo Fighters on stage at the Pitch Invasion concert

More than 50 bands and artists took to the stage and impressed the thousands watching on.

The two-day event at Seaton Carew Cricket Club was organised by the charity, set up after the death of 16-year-old Kyle McManus from a brain haemorrhage in April, 2007.

Kyle’s mum Dawn McManus, founder of Red Dreams, said: “It was an absolutely incredible two days.”

The weekend also saw growers from throughout the country make their way to the Headland for the Hartlepool Horticultural Show.

he Phoenix Dance group performing at the Rift House fun day

he Phoenix Dance group performing at the Rift House fun day

A record number of entries helped to ensure the annual event was again deemed a huge success.

A total of 706 entries were on show at the Borough Hall on the Headland as growers from throughout the country turned out to show off their flowers and vegetables.

The number of entries beat last year’s record of 660.

As well as more than 120 categories on offer, the British Gladiolus Society also held their national competition at the event.

Meanwhile, families were out in force as Rift House East Residents’ Association held their fifth annual fun day.

A host of fun games, stalls and activities were on offer for families to enjoy at the event, which was held at Rift House Recreation ground, off Kingsley Avenue, in the town.

Around a thousand people made the most of the kind weather conditions and enjoyed the day.

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