Enjoying feast of family fun

THERE was a host of knockout summer fun for all the family at the weekend.

Inflatable games, hilarious activities and races galore were the name of the game at the Hartlepool & District Hospice’s It’s A Knockout-style competition at Hartlepool Rugby Club, in Easington Road, on Saturday afternoon.

Every penny raised from the event goes towards funding patient care in the hospice.

On the same day, Hartlepool’s ceremonial mayor, Labour councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, hosted a fun day at Rift House Rec, off Kingsley Avenue.

Attractions included a dog show, fairground rides, a teddy bear’s picnic as well as a demonstration by the Hartlepool Hawks cheerleaders.

Money raised from the day will go towards the mayor’s three cancer charities – Macmillan Cancer Support, the Denise Taylor Cancer Trust and Pansies Breast Cancer Support Group.

It was a case of pirates ahoy down at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience which hosted a pirate-themed day for staff and visitors.

The popular tourist attraction off Maritime Avenue, saw the quayside awash with cut-throat characters, action-packed displays and fascinating activities for all the family including cannon and musketry displays, rope making, treasure trails and folk singing.

Plus for the very brave there was the opportunity to scale the main mast of HMS Trincomalee for charity.

Meanwhile, this year’s Headland Carnival got underway in fine style as a packed Borough Hall watched the Carnival Rock concert and Alesha Temple being crowned this year’s Carnival Princess.

Thousands of visitors from across the region also flocked to the hugely popular annual Sunderland International Airshow on Saturday and Sunday.

l More pictures from the events will be in the Mail over the coming days.