HUNDREDS of families enjoyed a day of free fun.
The Ryhope Carnival was held at the cricket ground and organisers were overwhelmed by the turnout.
A number of voluntary groups were involved in putting together the event at the Ryhope Street South ground.
Paula Hunt, of Ryhope Community Association, said: “A lot of hard work has gone into it, but it is completely worth it.
“There were hundreds of people – we couldn’t believe how many, it was fantastic.
“The word must have really gone round because there were loads more people here this year.”
The Ryhope Carnival Committee, set up to organise the event, decided there would be no traders there.
Paula said: “The whole idea was to bring the community together so people could enjoy a good day out with their families without worrying about the cost.
“All the activities were free for the children, including the entertainment, face painting and bouncy castle.”
Ryhope resident Lea Cole, chairman of the Seaham Air Cadets 1338 Squadron, who were at the carnival, said: “It is great to have something like this bringing us all together.”
Aimee Kennedy, 27, from Millfield, went with her partner Michael Docharty and their three children, Leah, six, Thomas, five, Adam, four.
She said: “It is really good idea and it helps a lot that everything is free for the children.”