THE threat of a heavy downpour did not stop hundreds of people coming out to enjoy a family fun day.

Elim Church's annual Summer Community Fun Day took place on Saturday, July 20 in Darlington's North Park.

A five-minute shower as the Mayor of Darlington, councillor Nick Wallis, arrived did not dampen spirits as families were entertained by a variety of performances and activities.

There was enough wind to enable the kite club to display a colourful demonstration while Dot and Zooky entertained the crowds with circus skills and giant bubbles.

Crowds were entertained by a variety of music including the Salvation Army Brass Band and the Voices of Darlington Choir and there was performances from Kellen Dance Academy ad Tony's Academy of Dance.

Adele Barnett, one of the event organisers, said: “We all had a lovely afternoon and were delighted that the weather didn’t dampen the fun.

"We had a wide range of activities on offer thanks to local organisations and a generous donation from ASDA.

"We were able to offer free face painting, crafts, football, archery, golf, sumo suits to name a few."

"My personal highlight was watching the Star Wars Stormtrooper joining in on the laser wars and attempting to keep up with the First Step 2 Fitness ladies gym class, but they were far too fast for him.”

“Elim Church organise this annual event not as a fundraiser but to have a fun filled afternoon meeting the local community. The church provide a range of weekly and monthly activities including a toddler group, youth club, ukulele group, 55 plus coffee morning and prayer and support sessions. We are a small friendly church and would welcome our local community to come and join any of our regular activities."

  • More details can be found on the church website , Facebook or by calling 01325 487175