Picture special: Summer fun at Sunderland garden fetes over the years

Garden fetes have been a part of community life in Sunderland for years.

Thursday, 24th May 2018, 11:36 am
Updated Thursday, 24th May 2018, 11:36 am
Roxeanna Gibson and Ashley Cook, both 13, sported some unusual headgear when Cherry Knowle Hospital held its annual garden fete in August 2004.

Organised by volunteers, they are a great way of raising money - whether it’s for a charity, a school or some other good cause.

The fete is a variation of a fair, and the name itself means holiday or party.

Tombolas, raffles, coconut shies, white elephant stalls and home produce such as jams and pickles are staples of most good fetes.

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The quintessential English village fete and its cake-making competitions even inspired a hit TV series, The Great British Bake Off.

Take a flick through our pictures of summer fetes in Sunderland over the years to see if there’s anyone you know.