East End fun day

Friends, Tiegan Craig and Kelsie Farnsworth have their faces painted at the Back on the Map summer fun day.

Friends, Tiegan Craig and Kelsie Farnsworth have their faces painted at the Back on the Map summer fun day.

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FAMILIES enjoyed a day of fun to celebrate new beginnings in Sunderland’s East End.

Charity Back on the Map (BotM) organised the summer fun day on Wednesday to mark the launch of Hendon Together.

Residents and organisations have signed a pledge to work together to improve the neighbourhood.

Fairground rides, face-painters and music came to disused land in Harrogate Street.

Youth workers from Hendon Young People’s Project and Young Asian Voices joined kids in a kickabout.

Fitness specialist Lynn Summerside led a fun hula-hooping challenge.

BotM director Jen McKevitt said: “The aim of the day is to launch the neighbourhood agreements, so residents get to influence what happens in their immediate area.

“It’s about having fun and getting people involved.”

People were also asked for their ideas about possible uses for the site of Harrogate and Amberley Street and Salem Street, which is in the process of being demolished.

Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Councillors Iain Kay and Barbara McClennan, also paid a visit.

Coun McClennan, who represents Hendon, said: “As the ward councillor it is fantastic to see so many people getting out and mixing with each other and talking with each other and seeing the potential for the use of this site.

“Parts of Hendon had lost their sense of community, but I think the Queen’s Jubilee and the street parties regenerated something and I think we need to build on that.”

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