Summer fair proves to be best one yet

Thousands descend on the Whitley Lodge Summer Fair. Picture by Sarah Atkinson Photography.

Thousands descend on the Whitley Lodge Summer Fair. Picture by Sarah Atkinson Photography.

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Thousands of people helped make a summer fair the best one yet.

More than 3,000 people – a record number – attended the fifth annual Whitley Lodge Community Spirit Summer Fair at Whitley Lodge Shopping Centre, in Whitley Bay.

Superheroes at the Whitley Lodge Summer Fair. Picture by Sarah Atkinson Photography.

Superheroes at the Whitley Lodge Summer Fair. Picture by Sarah Atkinson Photography.

Event organisers Whitley Lodge Community Spirit (WLCS) promised bigger and better and great weather on the day helped boost numbers.

Families took advantage of the activities on offer including face painting, bouncy castles, rides and games. There was live musical entertainment from Gig Fear, dancing from local Madd Dance Studio and a Reflex Taekwon-Do demonstration.

More than 20 local craft businesses set up while a dedicated food zone included pizza, BBQ, crepes, cakes, coffee and Pimms.

There was visits from superheroes, Star Wars and princesses.

Committee members of the Whitley Lodge Community Spirit (WLCS) at the Whitley Lodge Summer Fair. Picture by Sarah Atkinson Photography.

Committee members of the Whitley Lodge Community Spirit (WLCS) at the Whitley Lodge Summer Fair. Picture by Sarah Atkinson Photography.

Money raised from the event will go towards the funding of next year’s fair plus improving community facilities within Whitley Lodge itself.

The success of last year’s fair allowed for WLCS to purchase the park bench on the parade and fund the Christmas celebrations.

John Evans, WLCS event manager and owner of The Treehouse, said: “This was our biggest and most successful fair yet.

“I have been involved with the Whitley Lodge Community Spirit Fair for the last five years and the local community around Whitley Lodge never let us down. Thank you to everyone who visited.”

Canon, Sue Hart, Reader at St Mary’s Parish Church and Chair of Whitley Lodge Community Spirit, added: “On behalf of Whitley Lodge Community Spirit we would like to thank all the volunteers, individuals and groups who generously gave up their time to organize an event of this scale including the local businesses, churches, community groups and North Tyneside Council.

“The support this year was fantastic.”

Whitley Lodge Community Spirit is a non-profit organisation raising funds for the local Whitley Lodge area to run the Summer and Christmas Fairs by offering free or low cost activities for all the family to enjoy.

Run by volunteers from the Whitley Lodge businesses, St Mary’s Church and residents within the area.