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Fair set for a return to shopping centre

Visitors enjoy the summer fair held at Whitley Lodge shopping centre last year. Picture by Michael Oakes.

Visitors enjoy the summer fair held at Whitley Lodge shopping centre last year. Picture by Michael Oakes.

Organisers of a family fun day are hoping it will be bigger and better this year.

Traders at Whitley Lodge shopping centre, in Whitley Bay, are gearing up for the annual summer fair on Sunday, June 1, which last year attracted hundreds of people.

The fair starts at 1pm with entertainment including live music, fairground rides, bouncy castle, slide, stalls, face painting, tombola, basketball, football cage and animal antics with snakes and creepy crawlies.

A food fair will be on the green, local crafters will show their wares at nearby Whitley Lodge First School and photographer Tina Stobbs will be doing mini family photo-shoots for visitors.

There will also be an exhibition organised by Alan Fidler, co-ordinator of Tynemouth World War 1 Commemoration project.

Money raised will be used to help fund the centre’s Christmas lights.

The summer fair is the third organised by Whitley Lodge Community Spirit.

Rev Benjamin Carter, of St Mary the Virgin, Monkseaton, who chairs Whitley Lodge Community Spirit, said: “It was a brilliant day out last year and everybody has worked tremendously hard to make this year’s event even better.

“There’s something for all the family and it’s an opportunity for the whole community to come together and enjoy themselves.

“We are particularly proud to have an opportunity to pay tribute to those who served in the First World War in this special centenary year.’’

 

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