THE summer rain may have left its grounds waterlogged, but a fun fair is refusing to let the Wearside weather dampen the spirits of thrill-seekers.
Up to 40 rides and attractions have been left stuck at fields in North Moor Lane, Farringdon, Sunderland, amid fears removing them would damage the site.
However, bosses at Washington-based Nobles Fun Fairs, which is overseeing the event, have agreed to stay and carry on despite the downpours.
“The weather has been terrible lately,” said managing director Colin Noble. “It seemed to have rained for days in the run-up to the fun fair and there was a real danger that if we tried to move out we would just churn up the whole area.
“In the end, we’ve decided to stay here until it dries out a bit.
“We don’t want to damage the site in any way. We like to leave locations in the same state as when we arrived at them.”
As well as old favourites, including dodgems and waltzers, there are also attractions for younger children and families.
“The council has been great in giving us permission to stay,” said Colin. “We’re hoping that the conditions will improve and that it will be a really busy weekend.
“We aim to put on a really good show for the public. We’re just hoping to get a little sunshine this time around.
“The forecast is looking a lot better for the next few days.
“But all we need is a few days when it doesn’t rain to give the ground the chance to improve.”
The fun fair will run from today to Sunday.
On Thursday and Friday, it will be open from 5pm until 8pm while on Saturday it will run from 1pm to 8pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.
Admission is £1, with all rides £1 each.