THOUSANDS of families turned out to celebrate the start of the summer at this year’s Cramlington Town Fair.
There was lots of fun for the 4,500-strong crowd who attended the annual gathering held on Eastfield playing fields at the weekend.
Local schoolchildren made the most of the final days of the half-term holiday doing everything from rock climbing and paint balling to hula hooping and Zumba.
The fair, which was staged alongside the Turners Fun Fair, is the result of more than a year’s planning by Cramlington Town Council.
Coun David Shaw said: “We started working on this year’s fair about 13 months ago; last year’s one hadn’t even started and we were already looking to this one.”
Organisers were excited at securing the Red Devils Parachute Regiment Freefall Team to perform one of their world-famous displays, but low cloud prevented the spectacle taking place.
“It stayed dry for the day but the cloud cover stopped the Red Devils being able to jump. They were in an airport south of here with the plane ready to go, all suited and booted,” explained Coun Shaw.
But that didn’t deter onlookers making the most of the day and the crowds got their adventure fix watching Think Bikes, a mountain bike stunt display team, showcase their daredevil two-wheeled routines.
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service pulled up in one of its engines so youngsters could see first-hand the inner workings of the emergency vehicle.
Firefighters also performed an improvised road traffic accident car cut out, which was back by popular demand after attracting huge crowds in previous years.
The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers caught the attention of adventure lovers with their inflatable paintball range, where people could try their hand at a fast-paced round of the combat game.
Metro Radio presenter Brian Moore hosted the fair, keeping crowds happy with a range of competitions while also raising money for the Cash For Kids Appeal.
And as this year’s event was deemed a success, Coun Shaw is already looking forward to Cramlington’s 2012 fair.
He said: “After the fair people were coming up to me saying it was great and asking if certain displays would be back and telling me what they would like to see next year.”
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