Residents turned out in force at Bishop Auckland Rugby Club to take part in the Wear Valley River Trust Festival yesterday.

The event, known as Riverfest, saw families enjoy live music, entertainment, and other activities on Sunday (July 7).

The festival also hosted a range of community workshops to highlight the issues linked to the river and their nature-based solutions.

Activities at the event included archery, gardening, and even demonstrations from the North East Ambulance Service.

Local act J D and The Woodsmen serenaded attendees who watched on from deck chairs or the field.

Terry Featherstone, High Meadows Farm and trustee for the Wear Rivers Trust said: “The turnout is brilliant and the atmosphere upbeat and extremely friendly.

“The staff are resplendent with their new attire and logo!”

Michael Siddle, Wear Rivers Trust Trustee and Town councillor said: “Riverfest was a wonderful opportunity to engage with our local community and show them what lives in the river and how it needs our help.

“It was a great mix of generations with a lovely family vibe. What also makes this event special is all stakeholders working in partnership.

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“Only through joint endeavours can we succeed.”

“Wear Rivers Trust hosted a remarkable public event that captivated attendees with vibrant live music, engaging conservation workshops and crafts and a raffle with lots of prizes donated by local businesses.

“The event was a resounding success, bringing together the community to support the conservation of our local rivers.”