Fun day celebrates Washington’s 50th birthday

Connor Carty, five, Sian Holmes, nine, and entertainers.
Connor Carty, five, Sian Holmes, nine, and entertainers.
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CIRCUS skills were part of a fun day to celebrate Washington’s 50th anniversary.

Families were invited along to the event at the Sunderland Children’s Washington Centre in Concord to mark five decades since Washington became a town.

The day included tasters of a range of activities which the various centres offer across the city, such as face-painting, a drumming workshop, a climbing wall, youth bus and a chance for families to practise their circus skills.

Laura Tate, 28, from Concord, went along to enjoy the fun with her daughter, Demi, 12, and son Jack, five.

She said: “It was a great day, with lots of activities to keep the kids entertained. They took part in drumming and 
circus skills classes, and had their faces painted and enjoyed the soft play. It was great.”

Fellow mum, Louise Davison, from Shiney Row, took her children, Connor, five, and Neve, two, along to enjoy the day.

She said: “I regularly attend the Sunderland Children, Coalfield Centre, and went along to this event with a friend.

“Connor and Neve hate sitting in, so it was good to be able to take them out to enjoy the free activities on offer here.”

Louise said since the school summer holidays, the family has been able to do something through the children’s centres almost every day.”

The event was held in The Rainbow Family Centre, which is the main hub used by Sunderland Children’s Washington, with other community buildings across the locality also used.

The Washington centre is one of five main children’s centres across the city, which provide free support to parents and carers across Sunderland, with sessions ranging from Time for Rhyme for young ones and Cooking on a Budget courses for parents.

All of the activities run by Sunderland Children are specially designed by qualified teachers to ensure there are educational, emotional or social benefits for the youngsters.

For more information and to view the timetables, visit or the Sunderland Children’s Centre page on Facebook.