Sun had his hat on for 40th Peterlee Show

CARNIVAL TIME ... Sunshines on the Peterlee Carnival 2012
CARNIVAL TIME ... Sunshines on the Peterlee Carnival 2012
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BRIGHT sunshine greeted the final day of Peterlee Show as it reached its 40th year.

Thousands of visitors flocked to the show ground off Helford Road across the weekend to enjoy fairground rides and attractions.

CARNIVAL TIME ... Sunshines on the Peterlee Carnival 2012,  Gary and McCourt on slide.

CARNIVAL TIME ... Sunshines on the Peterlee Carnival 2012, Gary and McCourt on slide.

The annual show opened with a parade through the streets on Saturday.

The fun continued with circus performances for all the family, with workshops giving everyone a chance to try their hand at the skills.

Talented hopefuls took to the stage in a Peterlee’s Search for a Star, with the final on Sunday afternoon.

Pet pooches and working dogs also got the chance to strut their stuff yesterday, with prizes for dogs and their owners.

CARNIVAL TIME ... Sunshines on the Peterlee Carnival 2012, Zak Neave with, 11 with snake.

CARNIVAL TIME ... Sunshines on the Peterlee Carnival 2012, Zak Neave with, 11 with snake.

Nine-year-old Saskia Forster and 16-month-old pug Zha Zha scooped first place in the junior and toy dog sections.

Shotton Hall Primary School pupil Saskia said: “I’m really happy we’ve won. I’m having a good time.”

National England volunteer Tom Cox showed off his skills on an 15th-century lathe and there was also the chance for kids to get close to a host of creepy crawlies and wild animals.

Zack Neave, 11, from Peterlee, made friends with Tiger the boa constrictor, watched by mum Jocelyn Wilkinson.

CARNIVAL TIME ... Sunshines on the Peterlee Carnival 2012,  Louise Liddle with Whites Tree Frog.

CARNIVAL TIME ... Sunshines on the Peterlee Carnival 2012, Louise Liddle with Whites Tree Frog.

“We love the rides and the fairgrounds,” she said.

“I wasn’t scared,” said Zack, who goes to The Academy at Shotton Hall, “I’m getting a pink corn snake on Friday for my birthday.”

Schoolgirl Louise Liddle, 10, also got the chance to handle a White’s tree frog called Flip.

There were also plenty of fairground rides for daredevils of all ages.

Riley Fullard, five, enjoyed the trampolines, watched by mum Jayne Horsley and little sister Leonie, from Peterlee.

And gardeners competed in the horticultural section, bringing the tent to life with colourful blooms.

Spectators gathered across the weekend to watch the sixth annual football tournament, touch rugby games and runners pulled on their trainers for a two-mile fun run around the dene.

And for anyone who preferred relaxing to working out, a mini-food festival made its debut at the show, with a host of sweet treats on sale in the Pavilion.

Show co-ordinator Janet Hugill said: “We had a fantastic sunny day on Sunday and the bands were great.

“Everybody says they’ve had a fantastic time and the good weather always bring more people out.

“We’d like to give a big thank you to Gem Premium People for sponsoring the fireworks display on Saturday night.

“Everyone really enjoyed them.”

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