Spooktacular fun in Sunderland + SLIDESHOW

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WEARSIDERS had a spooktacular time last night as young and old got into the Hallowe’en spirit.

Scores of youngsters turned up at Elba Park, near Biddick Woods, to learn the craft of pumpkin carving.

Lucy Pluse  with Holly and Emma Donnelly at the Elba Park Pumpkin workshop organised by Groundwork North East.

Lucy Pluse with Holly and Emma Donnelly at the Elba Park Pumpkin workshop organised by Groundwork North East.

Groundwork North East organised the popular event at the site, built on the former site of the Lambton Colliery and Cokeworks, between Shiney Row, Burnmoor and Fence Houses.

The 52-hectare country park opened last year after a £25million remediation project.

Charles Goulty, project assistant with the Sunderland branch of the group, said: “With it being the school holidays, we tried to get as many families involved as we could.”

Bank staff did their bit for Wearside charity Grace House Hospice and Age UK Sunderland by holding a ghoulish cake and coffee sale.

Workers at Virgin Money, in Fawcett Street, Sunderland city centre, sold Hallowe’en-themed cakes and biscuits as well as tea and coffee to customers.

The bank has pledged to match any money raised towards Grace House, doubling the amount handed over to the hospice, which is being built in Southwick.

Christine Place, customer service adviser, said: “We’ve raised £86 so far which will be split between the charities.

“We’ve already raised about £1,000 for Grace House in the past couple of months because it’s our chosen charity for the year. The customers have been really generous.”

Residents at The Mews care home, in Southburn Terrace, New Herrington, got into the ghostly spirit by donning witches hats for a Hallowe’en party.

The event was held to welcome new residents from the recently closed Herrington Grange care home.

Brenda Howe, activity organiser at the home, said: “It’s been a lovely day and everybody has joined in.”

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