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Hartlepool villagers enjoy fun in the sun at summer fair

Hundreds of Hartlepool residents enjoyed fun in the sun at an annual village summer fair.

The Hart Village Summer Fair was held at the weekend and there was plenty for people to smile about.

A couple enjoying the fun at Hart Village Summer Fair.

A couple enjoying the fun at Hart Village Summer Fair.

Families basked in the red hot weather as they enjoyed all the entertainment.

Organisers even put a television in the marquee so visitors could watch the England v Sweden World Cup match.

Villagers of all ages threw themselves into the activities, which included a dog show, flower show and art exhibition.

There was plenty on offer for the children including a bouncy castle, donkey rides, face-painting, glitter tattoos and lots of games and activities.

It is a lot of hard work to organise the event, but it is really, really worth it

Bob Ord

And, for anyone who was feeling hungry there were lots of things to choose from, including a cream tea, barbecue, sweets and cakes.

This was the fourth year for the fair and organisers were delighted with the amount of people who went along to support them.

The Hart Village Events Group is made up of a hardy team of volunteers who come together to provide fun events for the families who live in the village.

Bob Ord, a members of the group, said: “It was a great turnout, a brilliant day.

Fun at the fair.

Fun at the fair.

“It is a lot of hard work to organise the event, but it is really, really worth it.”

He said the aim of the summer fair is to not only bring the whole Hart Village community together, but also raise funds for the fireworks event, which is growing bigger and bigger every year.

Bob said they started the firework display with just donations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and it proved so popular that they have held it every year since then.

He said: “Last year we spent £1,500 on the fireworks and it was a great show. So we need to raise as much money as possible for this year’s.”

As well as the Bonfire Night celebrations the events group also raises money to organise a Halloween party for the children and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

This year at the summer fair the group unveiled its brand new marquee for the first time and is now raising money to buy its own PA system.

Bob said: “We are trying to get enough money now to buy our own PA system. It costs us £250 every time we hire one, so in the long run it would be more cost effective to buy one of our own.”

As well as funds from the event going towards the firework celebrations, proceeds are also shared with St Mary Magdalene Church and the Friends of Hart.

The Hart Village Events Group has its own Facebook page for anyone who wants to keep up to date with activities being organised, visit www.facebook.com/hartvillageeventsgroup.