Carnival fever sweeps community at packed funday

A Punch and Judy show brought some traditional fun to the carnival.
A Punch and Judy show brought some traditional fun to the carnival.

More than 1,000 people enjoyed a day-long community celebration led by a team of top volunteers.

Ryhope Carnival was made possible thanks to the 100-plus people who devoted their own time to helping run day's event.

Archery was one of more than a dozen activities put on for the celebrations.

Archery was one of more than a dozen activities put on for the celebrations.

Ryhope Recreation Park hosted the fair, which was made possible in part thanks to cash set aside to ensure the legacy of the 2012 London Olympics lives on.

Paula Hunt, community development worker with Ryhope Community Association, helped organise the day, now in its fifth year.

"It's been absolutely fantastic and everybody who lives around here is always asking when it's on next," she said.

"It's great because all the families love the idea and come along with their picnics and blankets, and then there are people coming along in their 90s and others who bring along their grandmothers or their grandchildren, it's such a good day.

People watch on as live entertainment is staged at Ryhope Carnival.

People watch on as live entertainment is staged at Ryhope Carnival.

"I really like looking round and seeing everyone have a good time.

"This is all down to the volunteers and without their support, this wouldn't be possible."

Groups involved in the day include Ryhope Keep Fit Club, Ryhope Cricket Club, Ryhope Army Cadets, Durham Heritage Coast, Ryhope Jolly Girls, the Reminiscence Sessions, Ryhope Seaview Angling Club, Blue Watch Youth Club, Sunderland People First, Impact North East, Ryhope All Stars jazz band, Gentoo's Gen Factor stars, Ryhope Terraces and Avenues neighbourhood activities group, Ryhope Macmillan and Northumbria Police.

Activities put on included archery, a forest school, a climbing wall, showground rides, Punch and Judy, character drawings, circus skills, balloon art, a visit from Beamish's vintage caravan Wanda, arts and crafts, kite making, glitter tattoos and bungee trampolines.

Singers from the Gen Factor entertained the crowd.

Singers from the Gen Factor entertained the crowd.

The day was possible thanks to funding from Olympic legacy Fourteen, which was match funded by Sunderland City Council, and the support of Newcastle Community Foundation.