A SUMMER fun day is to be staged later this year after a church group was awarded funding.

Consett Churches Together, which includes Consett Methodist Churches, the church of England and Salvation Army, has been awarded almost £3,000 to stage the event.

The family fun day will take place in Consett and Blackhill Park on Saturday, June 29 including inflatables, races, prayer tent and Messy Church.

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Funding was announced at the Up 2 U event held at Derwentside College at which members of the public got to vote for which projects should share a £40,000 community fund set up by the Derwent Valley Partnership.

Consett Churches Together first held a family fun day in the park in 2012 and were keen to repeat it following the success of last year’s event.

The Reverend Andy Chislett-McDonald, of Consett Methodist Church, said: "I'm truly delighted that we have been awarded this money.

"The Fun Day last year was such a great event with a real community feel. I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to come along and vote for us."