School all set for fun day

Throston Primary School pupils
Throston Primary School pupils

FAMILIES can try out sports and games from all over the world as part of an annual fun day.

Throston Primary School, in Flint Walk, Hartlepool, is holding its third annual fun day next month.

The event is organised by the school’s Parents Forum and has an international theme.

American circus skills, Australian hula-hooping, Chinese chopstick challenges and German corn-hole bean bag throwing are just some of the quirky activities on offer.

Denise Branfoot, one of the organisers, is looking forward to this year’s fun day.

Denise, 36, lives on the Middle Warren estate with husband, John, 36, and two children, William, seven, and three-year-old Beth.

She said: “We organised our first fun day in 2009 and we never expected the tremendous response.

“With such an amazing day we felt we had to organise another and last year again proved a great success.”

The fun day will take place at the school on Saturday, July 2, from 11am-2pm. There is no admission fee and the few games which do have a 20p charge guarantee prizes. As well as the numerous international games, also on offer will be a British tea room serving tea and scones to link in with the recent Royal Wedding.

Emergency services including the HM Coastguard, Fire and Ambulance Service and the local PCSOs will also attend.

Denise, who works part-time in recruitment, said: “We have tried to include as many countries as possible and make the day fun and educational.”

Hartlepool Wadokai Karate Club, Dance First Academy and hip-hop troupes, Ruff Diamond and Lil Diamondz, will perform on stage.

At last year’s event, to link in with the pirate and tall ships theme, headteacher Mark Atkinson walked the plank.

Organisers are still thinking about what Mr Atkinson’s forfeit will be this year. Any money raised on the day will go to the school funds.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Anyone who would like to volunteer on the day or donate raffle and tombola prizes can contact Denise on (01429) 865335 or email