Exhibition proves a Treat for heritage weekend

Exhibition of photos and showing of a film from the Shiremoor Treat over the years at The Shiremoor Centre.'REF 1209140768

Exhibition of photos and showing of a film from the Shiremoor Treat over the years at The Shiremoor Centre.'REF 1209140768

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Hundreds of residents attended an exhibition to learn more about one of the area’s longest-standing traditions.

The Shiremoor Centre opened its doors as part of the Heritage Open Day weekend to highlight the work and impact of the Shiremoor and District Children’s Treat.

Special guests were on hand to open the exhibition – thanks to a grant of £38,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund – which featured displays, photographs, films and memorabilia on the treat.

The Treat, which takes place every summer, regularly attracts more 1,000 local people and is still going strong after more than 100 years.

It began as a way of giving the local miner’s children and families a fun day of activities.

To this day, the community event features marching bands, games, activities, dancing competitions, stalls, fairground rides and lots more, all taking place on the playing fields and streets of Shiremoor.

Michael Green, chairman of the Shiremoor Treat Committee, said: “This project has given the Treat a real boost – it’s been fascinating to look back at the history of it and we’re delighted that it can be preserved for future generations to enjoy.” Laura Watson, project worker at VODA, said: “This is such a wonderful community event; it has been inspiring to discover some of its rich history. The children we’ve worked with have been fantastic and learned so much about their local area too.”