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For the eleventh year running, Bill Daniell’s Big Breakfast raised a substantial amount of money for Cancer Research, while nourishing those who attended with a variety of sumptuous dishes and excellent conversation. Bill holds a fund-raising event at his home every year as a tribute to his wife, June, who died in 2004. To date, he has raised the best part of £10,000 for this worthwhile cause. Grateful thanks to all who helped produce the food and to those who attended to devour it with relish.

Whitburn Parish Church’s St Patrick’s Race Night was a galloping success for all who attended and raised over £1,500 for the Church maintenance and renovation fund. Punters, including some dressed for the occasion, enjoyed ten races with pre-bought horses on which they could place bets. The owner of the winning horse in each race received a bottle of whisky. The eleventh race attracted buyers for eight horses, with a first prize of £50, won by The Cruisers. A Pie and Peas Supper provided by Whitburn Caterers rounded off a very successful evening of entertainment. Thank you to local businesses and residents who sponsored races and bought advertising, everyone who bought horses, friends who helped with organisation beforehand and during the evening and all who attended, losing their shirts for this good cause.

South Bents Townswomen’s Guild will not meet tomorrow as it is the fifth Wednesday of the month. Next Wednesday, 6 April, South Bents ladies will host the Sunderland Federation Coffee Morning in St Mary’s Church Hall, Bridge Street at 10am.

Souter Lighthouse, the gift shop and tea room are now open daily from 11am to 5pm. For more details, go online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/souter-lighthouse-and-the-leas , email anne.cauwood@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 529 0909. Tomorrow and Thursday and on 5 and 6 April, there will be Easter holiday Get Crafty sessions for children, some in the open air, from 11am to 4pm. More details are available from the Souter contact details above.

South Tyneside website has comprehensive details of activities throughout the Borough during the school Easter holidays. For full information go online at www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/20818/Easter-holiday-activities .

Free Spring Crafts sessions take place at Whitburn library today and next Tuesday, 5 April from 2 to 3.30pm. On Monday, from 2 to 4 pm, there is an opportunity to build using your imagination at Lego Fun. For details of regular events at the library, go online at www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/8850/Whitburn-Library .