Easter bank holiday sunshine gets region taking part in events

Sunshine smiled on the region for the Easter bank holiday and thousands of people across the region took part in events

Sunshine smiled on the region for the Easter bank holiday and thousands of people across the region took part in events.

At Northumberland’s Haydon Bridge, the annual wheelbarrow race drew crowds.

Competitors donned fancy dress and battled it out for first place down the village’s Ratcliffe Road.

The race was followed by a party at the Haydonian Club.

Meanwhile, at Auckland Castle, in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, a harp concert delighted visitors to the 800-year-old building. The castle’s mascot Bosley Boar was also out to meet youngsters.

Children also turned ‘tree detectives’, learning to measure, identify and date some of the oldest trees in the castle grounds during activities with the Durham Wildlife Trust.

The 150-acre parklands were also used for a series of Easter egg hunts over the weekend while some youngsters headed inside the castle for arts and crafts.

Kelly Smith, Auckland Castle’s events officer, said: “It’s exciting to see families coming along and enjoying the castle and park.”

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