Eastlea Community Centre hailed its first ever Family Fun Day a success, after it attracted hundreds of visitors to the field outside the building in Stockton Road, Seaham, in August.
Sunderland’s Pantastic steel band provided music, and TurnAround Dance Theatre a magical children’s show. Visitors also enjoyed a fairground ride, magician Tony Junior, face painting by Gliterized, stocks, hoopla, hook-a-duck, a selfie station, stalls, and ice cream, as well as a visit from a fire engine from Seaham Fire Station. The Mallard pub provided refreshments, and St John Ambulance first aid cover.
The free community event was made possible with a grant from the National Lottery’s Community Fund.
“It was a celebration of our involvement in the community, which was made possible by the funding received,” said centre chair Margaret Blackwell. “It also acted as a vehicle for finding out people’s opinions of present and future services offered.
“We’ve never tried anything like this before, so we couldn’t be sure how it would go, but the smiles on people’s faces showed it was all worth it.
“We’re immensely grateful for the hard work put in by our staff and volunteers to make sure it was a success.”
The reactions on social media afterwards included: “Amazing community event! Loved everything about it! Thank you so much.”
“Great day. School holidays can be so expensive and today you guys worked so hard in the heat with smiles and made everyone feel welcome.”
“Was brilliant day.”
“We had a great couple of hours there, the kids loved it.”