A party at a Northumbrian park has been hailed a massive success after the sun came out to play for the town’s sixth annual event.
Organisers of the Music in the Park event, held in Ponteland Park on Sunday, said it was a great day for all those who attended.
Town mayor Coun Carl Rawlings said: “It was a very happy family day which went very well.
“I heard one of the local residents say on the way out ‘what a nice way to spend a lovely Sunday afternoon’.
“There were people there of all ages, and with such a varied programme of music, there was something for everyone.
“I’d like to thank all the volunteers on the organising committee, the scouts and the Boys’ Brigade for helping set up and dismantle the marquee.
“Also, thanks to the members of the public who tidied up, leaving the park in an immaculate condition.”
TV weather presenter Paul Mooney brought the sunshine as picnicking families enjoyed the afternoon of free musical entertainment in the park.
The BBC Newcastle weatherman compered, entertaining the crowds with games of bingo in between each act.
Performers on the day included singer Alesha Lee, Gaynor Marie, North Tyneside Steel Band, Rendezvous Jazz Band, the Ringtones and Ponteland Community Band.
The Ringtones proved a popular new act for the event.
The four-piece from Durham entertained the crowds with their renditions of 1960s and 1970s favourites.
Organisers had worried that if the sun didn’t make an appearance, the fun day would have to be cancelled, but luckily the weather was favourable, and the event went ahead as planned.
Music in the Park was launched in 2009 as part of Ponteland Town Council’s vision of giving residents a real sense of pride in their home town, but the first event unfortunately had to be cancelled due to heavy rainfall.
Happily, this year, the weather could not have been been much better than it was.
In fact, this event was the best-attended Music in the Park since the first one in 2009, which was an evening event.
Ponteland’s Music in the Park is set to return next year for another rousing event, with the hope being that it is as successful as previous years.
But, one thing the event’s organisers can’t count on is the weather being as good as it was this year.
Let’s just keep our fingers crossed, though.
For more information on the event, head to Ponteland Town Council’s website, www.ponteland-tc.gov.uk