Funday for all the family at centre

Members of Blackhall Youth Band during the summer fun day at Plants 'R' Ross
Members of Blackhall Youth Band during the summer fun day at Plants 'R' Ross

Scores of families enjoyed a summer fun day in a colourful garden centre setting.

Plants ‘R’ Ross hosted a summer fete which saw the Easington Village-based horticultural hub open up its doors for a host of fun.

Highlights included a bouncy castle, face-painting, craft stalls, ice cream from Seaham-based Lickety Split and competitions.

There were also representatives from Durham Wildlife Trust joining in the fun to raise awareness of the organisation and recruit new members.

Preemies UK, which sends knitted and crocheted items for premature babies in more than 170 hospitals up and down the country, was also at the event.

Various local businesses were also there promoting their products and services including a deli, beautician, beauty products company and children’s pamper parties.

Also laid on was a barbecue, food and drink stalls and a Swap Shop for children to take along their old belongings to trade for new ones.

Ross Weightman, who owns the garden centre, said: “It was all basically about getting the local community together to have fun, raise awareness of local businesses and causes, and creating a great day out for the family.

“Everyone seemed to really enjoy it.”

Members of Blackhall Youth Band also entertained visitors during the event with a host of songs.

The band, which was set up 10 years ago, is for boys and girls under-18 and meets on Tuesdays at 5.30pm during term time at Blackhall Community Centre, in Hesleden Road. Anyone interested in joining can call Julie O’Neill on (0191) 5183324.