September 1, 2008

Weekend of Family Fun

MAKING the most of their last weekend, thousands of families ended the summer holidays at events across the North East.

Visitors experienced all the fun of the first ever eco-friendly Green Gathering in Newcastle, which took place at Exhibition Park.

Aimed at families, the new event included four stages of musical and artistic talent as well as stalls promoting ethical fashion and food, recycling and more.

The two-day festival was held to promote small-scale practical environmental steps that people in Tyneside can easily take to make a big difference to the region and its environment.

North Tyneside also launched the borough's first green festival, the Big Green Seaside Day, which was held at Whitley Bay Metro station on Saturday.

The festival featured music, entertainment and advice on green living from a range of organisations, including Friends of the Earth, North Tyneside Council, the Energy Saving Trust and Nexus.

Members of the Rotary Club of Monkseaton Centenary gave away 25,000 low-energy light bulbs in a bid to encourage visitors to become more environmentally friendly.

Meanwhile, BBC One's popular programme Antiques Roadshow came to Tyneside to film for its 31st series, which took place at The Sage Gateshead on Sunday.

Some of Britain's leading antiques and fine arts specialists offered free advice and valuations to visitors, who were invited to bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car boot bargains for inspection.

And in East Cramlington scores of model aircraft flyers displayed their aero-modelling, flying and combat skills at the annual get- together, the Great North Fly- In.

Organised by the British Model Flying Association with Cramlington and District Model Aircraft Club, the meeting brought together enthusiasts from around the region.

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