Record crowds for Prudhoe's Highfield Fest

27 June 2017 3:41PM

PRUDHOE was the place to be on Sunday as record numbers hit the town to enjoy Highfield Fest.

The free family fun event took place at Highfield Park on Sunday and organisers say this year’s event attracted more people than ever.

Known locally as ‘The Fest,’ the annual event has grown in popularity and numbers year on year.

Prudhoe town councillor Jennifer McGee attended the event. She said: “It was a brilliant day. I think there were record crowds and there were people who stayed all day.

“We had the weather on our side and it all went really well. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.”

This year, there was more on offer for younger visitors, with the introduction of a Toddler Zone and a more sedate tea-cups ride which proved popular.

Face-painter Julie Charlton had her work cut out, decorating the faces of more than 120 youngsters with her colourful and glittery designs.

Thrill seekers tested their mettle on the ‘Total Wipe Out’ inflatable from NBK Leisure and the demolition zone obstacle course sponsored by Thompson’s of Prudhoe.

Sponsored by Prudhoe Youth Charity Shop, graffiti artist John Crags gave budding Banksys a crash course in graffiti art, with many youngsters taking away their own artwork featuring their name.

As always, the scooter and skate contests drew crowds as daredevil youngsters showcased their skills.

Elliot Askins took first place in the high-hop contest and Ben Grigor came first in the ‘limbo’ contest in which riders have to get under a bar on a mini-scooter.

The junior scooter contest was won by Bobby Champion and the senior scooter contest was won by Elliot Askins, both boys took home a brand new scooter as their prize.

Prizes were sponsored by Prudhoe Town Council and Override Skate Park.

The skate competiton was run by Reiver Sports UK, with Harry Keeler winning the junior contest and Joe Dawson and Brandon Proctor taking first place in the two senior contests.

First Prudhoe Guides led the way in a host of craft activities, including toasting marshmallows.

Prudhoe Youth Football Club tested the ball skills of festival-goers with a range of football challenges.

Dancers from Annesha’s School of Dance showcased their moves in a live performance.

And youngsters from the 1248 Prudhoe Air Cadet Squadron and Prudhoe Army Cadets gave their time to ensure the event ran smoothly.

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