Crowds flock to Whitley Bay school’s summer fair

Visitors to Marine Park First School's summer fair had fun with games including Splat the Rat. Picture by Topher McGrillis.
Visitors to Marine Park First School's summer fair had fun with games including Splat the Rat. Picture by Topher McGrillis.

Glorious weather helped see crowds flock to a school’s annual summer fair.

More than 1,600 people took part in the fun and games at the fair at Marine Park First School, in Whitley Bay.

Ollie Crawshaw, the Mobile Sweet Seller at Marine Park First School's summer fair. Picture by Topher McGrillis.

Ollie Crawshaw, the Mobile Sweet Seller at Marine Park First School's summer fair. Picture by Topher McGrillis.

The rejuvenation of Whitley Bay had been the theme of the day, with the neighbouring Spanish City set to open later this month.

Whitley Bay dance crew FlavaBay opened the fair with 13-year-old former pupil DJ Calum Tebbutt on decks at the family event.

There was also a disco dome, bouncy castle, family sumo wrestling, gift stalls, glitter nail-painting, street food and singing by pupils.

Raffle prizes were up for grabs including gifts from Whitehouse Farm, Bamburgh Castle, Sage Gateshead, Kielder Observatory, Alnwick Garden, Round the Twist, Blue Reef Aquarium, Beamish and Adventure Valley.

Dan Wood was cooking up a storm on the barbecue at Marine Park First School's summer fair. Picture by Topher McGrillis.

Dan Wood was cooking up a storm on the barbecue at Marine Park First School's summer fair. Picture by Topher McGrillis.

The fair was organised by the school’s PTA, with all profits going to providing new equipment and opportunities for pupils.

This year’s winning design for the Summer Fayre programme was by Sophia Jeffrey from Year 3, who drew a picture of celebrations around the Spanish City in response to the title: ‘Hurrah for Whitley Bay, making it better in every way’.

Stephen Easton, headteacher at Marine Park First School, said: “There is so much to celebrate in Whitley Bay at the moment – the exciting new Spanish City development right on our doorstep, new businesses opening, award-winning beaches and plastic-free campaigns. Sophia’s design summed up this year’s theme perfectly.

“We wanted our fair to reflect the positivity in the town and add to the buzz that’s so prevalent at the moment.”