Cat’s entertainment at 999 fun day

PC Helen Hulme and Samson

PC Helen Hulme and Samson

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YOUNGSTERS got a taste of life in the emergency services at a family fun day.

Nearly 200 people got a snapshot into the working world of a police officer, paramedic, RNLI volunteer and coastguard at Sunderland’s Emergency Services Fun Day.

Young life-savers were given the chance to try on uniforms and have a look inside police cars and ambulances.

And Black Cats’ mascot Samson was also on hand to say hello.

The event, at City of Sunderland College’s Hylton Skills Campus, also included a climbing wall and penalty shoot out.

Neighbourhood beat manager Pc Martin Cottle, who organised the day, said: “I don’t think we were expecting quite so many people, especially with the weather. Events such as this help us to get to know the people who live in our communities and we hope that now they’ve met us, they’ll come up and say hello.”

Alison Maynard, director of vocational skills at City of Sunderland College, added: “The outreach programme helps young people find out a little more about the life-saving work they do on a daily basis.”