All fun and games at Party in the Park

Getting a soaking in the stocks is Ponteland Scout John Gregson, thanks to four-year-old Lincoln Robson.

Getting a soaking in the stocks is Ponteland Scout John Gregson, thanks to four-year-old Lincoln Robson.

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A MAJOR annual event enjoyed a successful tenth anniversary as hundreds of families flocked to Ponteland Park on Sunday afternoon.

Music on the main stage, a bouncy castle, a children’s entertainer, a ride in a fire engine, a slack-wire artist and a range of games were just some of the attractions.

Party in the Park, which was organised by St Mary’s Church, Ponteland United Reformed Church, St Matthew’s Church and Ponteland Methodist Church, also featured stalls run by local organisations, a barbecue, an arts and crafts tent and a tea tent.

It was opened by Dr Caroline Pryer, a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland and headteacher of Ponteland Middle School.

Andy Anderson, who is part of the organising committee, said: “We’re pleased with how the day went. Even though it was cloudy it stayed dry, everything ran smoothly and there was a very good turnout.

“The Richard Coates School Choir and Orchestra was a popular performer and once they finished, the children shot off to enjoy all the other attractions.

“There was a good crowd up at the Friends of Ponteland Park flower meadow to see the Kielder Birds of Prey and honey bees and a lot of children took part in the fun Pont-athlon, where they did some running and jumping and had a go on rowing machines.

“We’re very grateful to all the volunteers, organisations and businesses who made a contribution to the event, including Sainsbury’s and Waitrose who were very supportive in providing goods for the tea tent.”