Police family fun day hailed a big success
Thousands of people descended on a police station for a family fun day.
An estimated 5,300 people went along to the event at Middle Engine Lane Police Station, Wallsend, last Sunday.
Neighbourhood officers welcomed visitors to the car park which was transformed into a huge visitor attraction.
Attendees were able to sit in police vehicles, try on police hats and uniforms, chat to their local officers, and take in the family friendly amusements.
Volunteer Police Cadets helped out with a finger print stand.
Other attractions included a inflatable assault course, multi-sports with Wallsend Boy’s Club, a climbing wall, martial arts display by Burns School of Black Belts, St John Ambulance, music, face painting, birds of prey, jewellery making and Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade who brought along their rescue boat.
Superintendent Mick Paterson of Northern Area Command said: “This is the first time we’ve held a family fun day here in Wallsend and it’s really been a great time.
“We’ve had lots of people tell us that they really enjoyed themselves at our community event. This certainly won’t be the last one as we’re keen to make it an annual event.”
“It was lovely to see people coming here to have a great time they really enjoyed meeting the officers and especially the police dogs which were a great draw.
“We had lots of help from other groups who gave up their time to entertain the crowds. I’d like to give a big thank you to them all.”