Cleadon Park celebrates the success of annual family fun day

Monday, 19th August 2019

Cllr. Norman Dick, Mayor of South Tyneside, and Mayoress Jean Williamson open the fun day by taking the first spin on the tea cups ride, surrounded by the event's organising partners.

Despite the clouds, Cleadon Park family fun day was hailed a great success

Over 300 visitors made the most of this year's Cleadon Park family fun day, coming together to celebrate their community.

The event was hosted by Karbon Homes, alongside South Tyneside Council, South Tyneside Homes, and Ridgeway Children’s Centre.

Visitors enjoyed the host of attractions and activities on offer, including fun fair rides, a petting zoo, face painting, magic shows and arts and crafts.

Visitors also got a chance to meet with representatives from the local police service, Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service and Westoe Rugby Club.

Lewis Rimington, Community Engagement Specialist at Karbon Homes, said: “The event is always a firm favourite of ours and despite the looming clouds when we arrived to set up, the rain stayed away and we had a brilliant time.

“I’d like to thank Ridgeway Academy School for having us, and all those involved in making the day a success. The continued support we receive from South Tyneside organisations is much appreciated.

“The fun day has once again been a real tribute to how much the Cleadon Park area has transformed over the years. The day always has a really positive atmosphere and we are always made to feel so welcome.”

This year’s event also saw the return of the ever popular chocolate tombola. This raised £200 for the Mayor of South Tyneside’s charities, the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade and NAFFI Break South Tyneside – a drop in service run by veterans of the Armed Forces

The Mayor of South Tyneside Council, Councillor Norman Dick, said: “It was an honour to officially open the family fun day in Cleadon Park and witness the community come together to enjoy a fantastic day full of fun activities.

“I am also delighted to see the total amount raised for my chosen charities, which are very close to my heart, and would like to thank everyone who contributed to that total.”

The Cleadon Park area was transformed between 2004 and 2017. The regeneration project saw hundreds of homes demolished, and a total of 730 new homes built by Karbon Homes and Bellway at a cost of £90m.

The family fun day, which Karbon has run for the past 12 years, was set up to celebrate the regeneration and to bring the local community together.