Families enjoy Penshaw bowl

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THIS year’s Penshaw Bowl has been deemed a cracking success.

 Families took advantage of the return of sunny skies to enjoy the annual event.

Penshaw Bowl 2012

Penshaw Bowl 2012

Youngsters bowled their brightly-decorated eggs down the hill while parents looked on.

Peter McAlpine, of Shiney Row, took his daughters Holly, seven and Lily, nine and was full of praise for the competition.

“It is a fantastic day out for everyone,” he said.

“Penshaw Monument really is a beautiful place to hold such an event.

“We have had lovely weather, a great crowd has turned out and it was such a well-organised event.”

Organiser Karen Makepeace thanked everyone who took part and Sainsbury’s for donating the eggs for the children.

John Weir, the deputy store manager of the Sainsbury’s store at The Galleries, said: “It’s one of our key values to keep the community link.

“This is now the fourth year that we have sponsored the event and we are pleased about the excellent turnout and the lovely weather.”

Each competitor was given a chocolate egg for taking part.

Prizes were presented by the Deputy Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Ian Kay.

He said: “It is fantastic to see so many young people enjoying the day with their friends and families.”

Nine-year-old Kay Lindsay, of Fulwell, won the under-nine category. It was the third year in a row she has been a winner.

She said: “I can’t believe I have won again and I’ll definitely be back next year.”