Plenty to enjoy at Pont park party

The time has come for this year’s staging of a popular event at a community beauty spot.

Guy Opperman MP will open the 2014 Ponteland Party in the Park on Sunday afternoon and once again there are many attractions.

One of the main activities is the Falconry Days birds of prey display. Come to the meadow and meet, amongst others, owls, hawks and falcons.

Also in the meadow area, those coming along can speak with members of the Friends of Ponteland Park to find out more about their work.

A well-known Punch and Judy man, Tony James, will provide plenty of laughs and there will be music on the main stage from the Richard Coates Middle School Choir and Orchestra and the Ponteland Community Band.

The other performers include the Whistling Sheep, Ponteland Repertory Society and Jill Errington School of Dance and Drama.

There are a number of regular attractions at the party such as a bouncy castle, fire engine, range of games and the ever popular barbecue and tea tent.

This is the 12th year of the event, which is organised by a Ponteland Churches Together – St Mary’s Church, St Matthew’s RC Church, Ponteland Methodist Church and Ponteland United Reformed Church – committee. The objective is to create a social gathering for all ages and support local charities.

Committee member Andy Anderson said: “We hope that lots of families will come along to the park to enjoy the entertainment and activities.

“We’re also aiming to get a PC flight simulator and a climbing wall from the army for the event.”

Ponteland Party in the Park runs from 1.30pm to 5pm. Its main sponsor is Newcastle International Airport.

There is free entry for children under five and admission is only £1 for children aged five plus and adults.