VILLAGERS have celebrated the 50th anniversary of their community centre with a fun-filled festival today.

The Hurworth Festival attracted hundreds of people to the village green as local organisations came together to mark half a century since the opening of Hurworth Grange.

Organiser Peter Allan, parish clerk and chairman of Hurworth Community Association, said: “We used to have a Strawberry Fair on the village green and I thought it was a great shame when that stopped, so we thought the 50th anniversary of the Grange was a good opportunity to bring it back.

“That was the initial idea and it developed from there with all the village organisations getting involved. It’s been fantastic to see everyone coming together.”

Organisations contributing to the festival included scouts, rainbows, cubs, beavers, local churches, the village hall, allotment-holders, the Hurworth and Croft Sports Association, the Parent Teacher Association from Hurworth Primary School, Eco People in Croft and Hurworth, and the Mustard Tree cafe.

The festival included live music, a variety of stalls, children’s entertainments, and a scarecrow competition.

The Hurworth Country Fair takes place on September 14.