Pirates descend on Sunderland indoor beach

Captain Hook and friends return to The Bridges Beach to entertain children over the summer holidays.
Captain Hook and friends return to The Bridges Beach to entertain children over the summer holidays.
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A STORY session shivered the timbers as youngsters gathered round to hear tales of the sea.

Captain Hook made a return visit to The Bridges shopping centre with Marina the Mermaid as they recalled adventures from their life at sea.

The centre’s artificial beach also hosted a craft workshop during the day, giving young shoppers a chance to make their own starfish.

Andy Bradley, centre director at The Bridges said: “The indoor beach is a fantastic way of keeping kids entertained over the summer school holiday.

“We’ve been holding events each Thursday, but Captain Hook’s visit has definitely been the most popular choice for young shoppers.”

A donation of 50p from each £1.50 entry fee to the beach will be donated to the MS society, with the pledge part of the centre’s ongoing support for the charity.

The partnership is now in the second and final year of the agreement, with a combined national total of £100,000 raised for the charity.

Next Thursday, the centre will host a play session with the help of the Early Learning Centre, with toys and games to be set out on the beach.

The sessions are part of the complex’s Hello Summer festival, which has previously featured a replica spitfire, a visit from the Blue Reef Aquarium and advice for parents about how to stay safe in the sun.