UNICORN rides, fire engines and charity haircuts – there was plenty to see and do at a primary school’s summer fair.

Hundreds of people attended the event at Hartside Primary Academy in Crook, last month, with fine weather allowing families to make the most of the traditional fairground and activities.

For many people, one of the highlights of the fair was seeing teacher Sarah Hall and pupil Matin Salehi, 11, have their hair cut off to raise funds for Salisbury Hospice. Mrs Hall’s mother-in-law spent some time in the hospice last year and the teacher was keen to give something back.

She was touched when Matin asked to take part too.

“I think it’s lovely, especially as he is a boy and could have faced teasing from his friends for growing his hair long,” said Mrs Hall. “It is such a selfless thing for a child to do.”

Matin, who divided his hair into sections to allow his classmates to cut a piece off each, said: “I wanted to grow my hair for charity. It feels really good to help.”

The pair will donate their hair to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides real hair wigs for children with cancer.

Other attractions at the fair, organised by the Friends of Hartside School, included an ice cream van, unicorn rides, stalls, games and a chance to sit inside a fire engine.