Sun shines on festival event

A birds of prey display was one of the attractions at the Brierdene Festival.

A birds of prey display was one of the attractions at the Brierdene Festival.

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Hundreds of people visited a green ‘oasis’ for the seventh Brierdene Festival.

The Friends of Brierdene spent a year preparing for the event, which attracted around 1,500 people, on the day.

Attractions included a dog show, birds of prey, music, archery, dancing from Decote Dance, singing by Bay:Vox, a tug-o-war, won by the community police team, and more.

Pc Julie Twigg and Pc Claire Fenwick were also on hand to allow parents and children the chance to sit in a police vehicle while other officers discussed policing with residents.

Whitley Bay Neighbourhood Inspector Jim Gray said: “It was a brilliant day and luckily we got the good weather.

“These sort of events allow us to be out talking to people in the community and show police are here to listen.”

The Festival Flash Fiction school competition winners – Libby Reid, Hannah Brown, Kai Foster, Joel Patterson, Esther Van der Bos, Samuel Ford and Eloise Pegg – were also awarded their prizes.

Emma Bowers, chairwoman of the festival organising committee, said: “The committee had hoped this year would be a good year but never dreamt that the sun would attract so many people.”