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Record year for ‘big’ annual family fun event

The Big Event 3 saw the family fun days biggest ever turnout, with more than 2,500 people on the field throughout the day. Photo by Dan Clark.

The Big Event 3 saw the family fun days biggest ever turnout, with more than 2,500 people on the field throughout the day. Photo by Dan Clark.

An annual family fun day returned with a record year at the weekend.

The Big Event, organised by charity Leading Link, took place for the third time at Attlee Park in Bedlington, following a 12-month renovation of the former Northumberland Miners’ Picnic venue.

The day saw in excess of 2,500 visitors, which is a new record for the event.

It also saw fundraising records smashed for the third year in a row, with funds being raised for the charity’s continuing community activities.

Lyn Horton, manager of Leading Link, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we have had yet another record-breaking year in terms of people attending and money raised – the reaction from the general public on the field and comments on social media since the event have been truly overwhelming.

“Our Youth Ambassadors were absolutely fantastic, as always, manning stalls and picking up litter throughout the day, and we were also able to count on the support of our fantastic board of trustees as well as local businesses, organisations and the wider community who came in their thousands to support us.”

The day saw the refurbished bandstand at Attlee Park, the result of a £60,000 funding award from SITA Trust, officially opened by MP Ian Lavery.

As well as fun-fair rides, a sizzling BBQ, traditional games, including Beat the Goalie and a host of local businesses and organisations, the event also saw the final of Northumberland’s Got Talent.

 

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