THE sun may not have come out to play – but that did not stop thousands of people from enjoying a host of activities over the weekend.
With a heritage festival, family fun days, beer festival and model railway exhibition, there was something for everyone in Hartlepool.
Despite the dull weather, thousands enjoyed an Olympic-themed fun day at Throston Primary School.
Among the attractions were performances by town dance crew Ruff Diamond, the Hartlepool Hawks cheerleaders and Teesside Twirlers.
Visitors got the chance to meet Hartlepool Olympic Torch bearer Benjamin Cummins and have their photo taken with a torch.
The day, raised £1,400 for the school in Flint Walk.
Parent Denise Branfoot, who helped organise the day, said: “It was an incredible success. It is all done for the community and fun.”
History fans enjoyed the Headland Heritage Festival that included Morris dancing, re-enactment groups, market and stalls.
David Geen, of the Hartlepool Headland Local History Group, said: “We were delighted we had a fine day. Everybody unanimously agreed it was one of the best ones we have ever had.”
Hundreds of model rail enthusiasts steamed down to Hartlepool College of Education for the two-day Hartlepool Model Railway Exhibition.
Around 40 huge model layouts covered the whole of the ground floor.
Gary Kester, from the college, said: “It was a really astonishing site. The entire ground floor of the college was occupied by layouts from one end to the other.”
Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group raised £1,200 with a fun day at the Park Inn, Park Road.
A variety of local bands performed along with the group’s drama section Hartlepool Constellation.
Other highlights included a bouncy castle, stalls and prize games.
Real ale fans toasted West Hartlepool Rugby Club’s beer festival which served up 30 unique brews.
It was accompanied by a family fun day before bands Fear of Falling and Still Misbehavin played on Saturday night.
Parishioners of St Patrick’s Church in Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool, also had fun at their annual summer fair on Saturday.
Visitors browsed stalls, enjoyed refreshments and tucked into ice lollies.
But a classic vehicle rally fell victim to the weather yesterday when Greatham Sports Field was waterlogged after Friday’s downpours.
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