RECORD numbers turned out for a week of activities aimed at encouraging more shoppers and families into a historic town.
Durham police worked with Chester-le-Street and District Area Action Partnership (AAP) to organise an activity week that saw hundreds of people take part in more than 30 fun and educational activities.
County councillors, businesses and partner organisations, including residents groups and the Safe Durham Partnership, pooled their resources to host the week, which proved a hit with thousands of people pouring into the town daily.
Activities on offer included a climbing wall, bungee run, an assault course, Zumba taster sessions, storytelling and a rodeo bull.
Representatives were on hand from Royal Air Force, the Army, air cadets, RSPCA, Durham County Leisure, and the health bus Deric.
PCSO Adrian Richards, the event organiser, said the week was a real success.
“This event has grown each year,” he said.
“Monday brought a steady stream of people but Tuesday and Wednesday saw this increase to approximately 2,500 people each day.”