Hundreds enjoy the sunshine at ‘good-natured’ Party in the Park

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Hundreds of people of all ages had lots of fun and enjoyed some cracking entertainment at this year’s Ponteland Party in the Park.

The event had many attractions such as flying birds, ball games, a fire engine and puppets. In addition, there were stalls where attendees could find out more about local organisations and members of the Friends of Ponteland Park were in the meadow area.

Ponteland Party in the Park. Picture by Trevor Walker.

Ponteland Party in the Park. Picture by Trevor Walker.

There was music on the main stage from the Richard Coates Middle School Choir and Orchestra, the Whistling Sheep and the Ponteland Community Band. The other performers were Ponteland Repertory Society and the Jill Errington School of Dance and Drama.

A Ponteland Churches Together – St Mary’s Church, St Matthew’s RC Church, Ponteland Methodist Church and Ponteland United Reformed – committee organises the annual afternoon event.

Committee member Andy Anderson said: “We’re very pleased with how things went on Sunday and we were lucky to mainly have a dry afternoon, there were only a few spots of rain.

“It was absolutely heaving and it was a very good-natured event. We had a few more attractions this year as we’re always looking to improve the Party in the Park.

“The climbing wall, Punch and Judy shows and Falconry Days birds of prey display were particularly popular.

“Guy Opperman MP opened the event and he then spent quite a bit of time at the football game to highlight Fairtrade encouraging people to take part. We’re grateful to all those who have supported us, especially our main sponsor Newcastle International Airport, Ponteland Town Council for allowing us to use the park and Robson and Cowan, as the main stage is actually part of one of its lorries.”

Ponteland Scouts were active on Sunday as they boosted their fund-raising efforts for two charities.

The Beavers had a toy sale to support the Friends of Mandritsara Trust, which funds the work of an eye department in the Good News Hospital in Mandritsara, Madagascar, where Ponteland Optometrist Vicky Hopley is now working.

The Scout troop has been raising money for the Safe Water Trust, funding the purchase of water filters to be taken to Tanzania – two of the Scout dads are involved with this project.

Members collected £250 on Sunday from a number of those who came along to the event.

This amount is enough to buy a water filter for a whole community.

Also, the group’s cake stall contributed its proceeds equally to the two charities.