YOUNGSTERS enjoyed an Alice in Wonderland-themed party as the Queen of Hearts was joined by the Mad Hatter on a visit to Spennymoor’s schools.

The Blooming Great Tea Party visited schools to help raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

A double decker bus carried the Lewis Carroll-themed characters, many balanced on stilts, to the schools on Thursday and Friday.

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The event was organised by DurhamGate and Success North-East and the charity party spent 45 minutes at each school.

As part of the fun the children were asked to design a tea pot.

The design judged the best in each school will go through to a final on Sunday (June 22) with the winning entries turned into tea pots.

Wendy Minhinnett, of Success North-East, said: “It was amazing and the children absolutely loved it. Each of the schools went out of its way to make it special."

Helen Attley, concierge manager at DurhamGate, said: “The tea party tour was a fantastic event.

“The stilt walkers and tea pot workshop were extremely popular with the school children.”

A free family fun day for Marie Curie will take place at DurhamGate hub, on Sunday (June 22), between 1pm and 4pm.