Family fun for air ambulance

PLANS are well underway for Runswick Bay’s charity family fun day which has become an established event in the village’s social calendar.

Last year over £2500 was raised for the Runswick Bay Rescue Boat and organisers hope that amount will be topped for this year’s chosen charity which is the Great North Air Ambulance.

There are two sections to the day which is on Sunday 6 May with the first kicking off at 1pm in the field opposite the Runswick Bay Hotel.

There will be vintage tractors, motorbikes, coconut shy, hook-a-duck, ring toss, face-painting, burgers and ice-cream like in the previous five years that the event has been taking place.

Wellie-wanging which is also an established favourite will be taking place again and new for this year is a dog show and Nancy Wrigley, the headteacher at Oakridge School in Hinderwell is set to be put in the stocks.

In the evening from 8.30pm at the Runswick Bay Hotel there will be a big donation auction featuring music from ‘house band’ Mike and Jeff.

Everything in the auction has been donated by local businesses and individuals and there is still time to donate something to the cause if you wish.

Organiser Robbie Stewart said: “When my wife, Kelly, and I put of the first charity funday in Runswick we never imagined it would be this popular.

“It is now organised not just by us but our neighbours in the community and supported by the whole area.”

For more information contact Robbie on 841010 or