Thousands turn out for Seaham Carnival amid hot and sunny weather
A community has turned out in force as an annual festival makes its return amid glorious sunshine.
Hot weather has brought thousands of people down to Seaham seafront for the town's carnival.
Terrace Green is the venue for music acts to perform while there are also carnival rides, demonstrations and children's activities, street food from all over the world, gift stalls galore and animal petting.
The fun began on Friday and runs until this evening.
Natalie Meddes, 42, brought son Aaron, 11, along to enjoy the fun.
"I used to live in Seaham but I still come down every year," said Natalie, who lives near Hall Farm in Sunderland.
"We're loving it here today.
"I was down here on Friday to watch The Greatest Showman on the big screen and it was fantastic.
"It's a great atmosphere with everyone coming together. For me it's nice to see some familiar faces.
"It's a fabulous event and you can get parked around here no problem."
John Anderson, 79, and partner Joan Oliver, 66, of Seaham, basked in the sunshine on Terrace Green.
"We come every year and it's great when the sun's out like it is today," said John.
"If it's nice weather you get loads of people coming down and that's what's happened again.
"I remember the first Seaham Civic Show back in 1972 because I was chief petty officer in Seaham Sea Cadets so I remember how long there have been events like this here.
"I think a lot of people come to see the Tommy statue these days, some from all over the country. It brings loads of people to Seaham."
1338 Squadron Seaham Air Cadets were among those to have a stall on the Green.
Civilian Instructor Jill Penny said: "We're here to promote ourselves as an organisation.
"There's a lot of community spirit here today which is great to see.
"It's really busy and that's made it brilliant for us as a lot of people have been coming over to talk to our members."