Letters, Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

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Another great weekend planned

RYHOPE engines hosted a great free family event over the bank holiday weekend.

Our thanks to Keith Bell at the helm of a wonderful bunch of volunteers who keep the engine up and running at events like this throughout the year.

Lots of families plumped for staying local and avoiding traffic jams, petrol prices and frayed tempers, that we all now associate with bank holidays, but some people had also come a long way ie from Woking, in Surrey, and combined visiting family with a great day out.

There was certainly plenty to occupy those visitors, especially on the Sunday, where apart from watching the pumping engine, a blacksmith at work, enjoying a cream tea or bacon butty in the tearoom, there was also a craft fair and car rally.

Due to the success of the October rally at the engine museum, the car club had asked could they start the 2011 season back at Ryhope and the sunshine bought more than 100 cars from near and far having been polished after the winter break.

The craft fair has gone from strength to strength over the four years it has been at Ryhope and specialises in older crafts in keeping with the historic setting of the engine house.

At this one we had 20 stalls: macrame personalised pens, local interest photographs, knitted hats and scarves, cards, jewellery, artwork, candles and bath bombs, pottery, “crafty knitters”, cross-stitch, edible jewellery, knitted baby and toddler clothes, collectible car adverts and miniature cars, gemstone and semi-precious stone jewellery.

Inside we also had demonstrations from our wood turner, ladies doing pyography (woodburning) and clippie mat making.

The next time the museum is open for steaming is the late May bank holiday from 11am to 4pm. The next craft fair is on the Sunday that weekend, May 29, from 11 to 4pm and entry is free.

Anyone wanting to book a craft stall space (remembering it is an outside venue and that your items must be handmade, organic, or collectible) should email Lynne on lynnebuddin@hotmail.co.uk or phone 07989280169

Lynne Buddin

Plea for Ryhope beack rails

IT is great to see that Ryhope beach is open again – but one thing is missing. Many of us older Ryhope lads and lasses, cannot walk down there without a struggle.

Worse still walking back up.

Will the powers to be, be putting up a rail on both sides of the path?

I spent my misspent youth on Ryhope beach, searching the cave near Hill 60. I never did find any pirate gold, or tunnels to the Y.M.C.A. near the green.

I would love to go down Ryhope beach again, but unable to without rails on both sides.

Ed Keog, Lambton