We all came out to play

SUNSEEKERS lapped up the glorious weekend weather and it provided a boost for town businesses too.

Hartlepool’s golden beaches and leafy parks were the place to be this weekend as the mini heatwave continued.

Temperatures reached 23C on Saturday, rivalling sunspots including Ibiza and Corfu.

Hartlepool’s Ward Jackson Park proved a popular place for families to enjoy the weather and unwind.

Maria Harrison, manager of the Place in the Park café, said: “It has been brilliant and business has been booming.

“We have been run off our feet in the nicest possible way.

“We have sold lots of ice cream this weekend.

“The nice weather makes everybody happy which is lovely to see.

“Long may it continue.”

Over at the Headland, families had fun in the sun on the Fish Sands by building sandcastles and going for a paddle.

Donna Andrews, manager of Mary Rowntrees restaurant, said: “It has been extra busy this weekend with people coming in for a drink and looking out to sea.

“We were fully booked on Saturday night so things are going really well.”

There was no better way to relax for some by taking in a spot of cricket at Hartlepool Cricket Club.

And crowds flocked to Seaton Carew to cool off and enjoy some fish and chips and ice cream on Saturday – though a thick sea fret yesterday saw fewer people on the beach.

Nicola Darley, manager of Fish Face, on The Front, said: “We have been mega-busy all weekend.

“It has been non-stop and probably the busiest we have been so far this year.

“There were a lot people about along the seafront.”

According to the Met Office, temperatures are set to cool off slightly during the week.

But the fine weather is set to stay with us until Thursday when rain is forecast.