Let’s hope Party in the Park is best yet

ORGANISERS are hopeful that the 10th anniversary of a major Ponteland event will be the best yet.

Once again there are many attractions to enjoy at Party in the Park on Sunday, including performances from the Richard Coates School Choir and Orchestra and the North Tyneside Steel Band.

A children’s entertainer and a slack-wire artist will be present and youngsters can enjoy a bouncy castle, a range of games and a ride in a fire engine among other activities.

The event, organised by Ponteland Methodist Church, St Matthew’s Church, Ponteland United Reformed Church and St Mary’s Church, will also include a fun ‘Pontathlon’ – which involves running, jumping and having a go on rowing machines. All participants will get a prize.

Many local organisations will have a stall during the afternoon and up in the flower meadow, the Friends of Ponteland Park has arranged for the Kielder Birds of Prey to come along as well as a bee expert with live honey bees, the Bat Conservation Trust and much more.

There will be a barbecue, arts and crafts tent and a tea tent, which will also be selling home-made cakes from the churches.

Andy Anderson, who is part of the organising committee, said: “Preparations are going well and we are keeping our fingers crossed for a dry day.

“Party in the Park is now an established event on the calendar and it gets bigger and bigger each year in terms of the number of stalls and people coming along. Hopefully, the trend will continue this year.”

A number of organisations are supporting it, including Ponteland Town Council and Newcastle Airport.

The event starts at 1.30pm and admission costs £1 – children under five go free.