WATCH: Huge crowds enjoy Seaham Carnival on glorious day of sunshine

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Thousands of people turned out in force to enjoy Seaham Carnival on what turned out to be a beautiful day of sunshine.

The annual event brought out families and groups of friends to enjoy a range of activities including films and live music staged on the town’s seafront.

Crowds enjoy open air film screenings at the annual Seaham Carnival.

Crowds enjoy open air film screenings at the annual Seaham Carnival.

The carnival, which kicked off on Friday evening on Terrace Green, runs until late on Sunday.

This year’s celebrations featured a food and craft tent for the first time, with the marquee set up close to Bath Terrace during Saturday and Sunday.

Friday’s event started on Terrace Green with an open air screening of Footloose followed by Billy Elliot. On Saturday crowds were treated to screenings of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, followed by a performance by Seaham Music Academy before Star Wars: The Force Awakens was screened.

The features were chosen by residents in the run up to the event, which is run by Seaham Town Council.

A host of bands were also lined up to play on over the course of the weekend with highlights including Rabble Rousers, Mandora at and headliner, Shine On, a Pink Floyd tribute act.

The event also saw children enjoy free rides on Church Street, along with a free climbing wall and a penalty shoot out challenge.

Mum Joanne Hubbard, 38, a support worker from Easington, was at the event with her friends and family.

She said it was a fantastic day, helped along by the great weather.

She said: "We go every year and the kids love coming here for the rides and crafts.

"We have watched the film Alvin and the Chipmunks and the kids have made pictures out of sand, which they really enjoyed.

"We have been here for hours, as its been such as lovely day and the weather has been fantastic."

Mum and daughter Ann and Sarah Burns were at the event as part of their fundraising collection for the Air Cadets.

Ann said: "It's been a lovely day. We were out selling raffle tickets for the Air Cadets earlier today, but now we have finished, we are enjoying the sunshine and the lovely atmosphere."

Gladys Smith, 75, and David Smith, 74, from Sherburn Village in Durham said the carnival was great fro the town. David said: "It seems like there are plenty of different things going on for people to do ranging from live music to outdoor film screenings.

"It's a great event for the town and we have had a lovely day."