LIVE music, fairground rides and sunshine proved a big hit with people of all ages in Crook.

The first Peases Fest took place in the grounds of Crook Community Leisure Centre on Saturday and attracted hundreds of people. Organised by Crook Community Leisure, the charity which runs the centre, the festival featured performances from a bands and musicians, along with a family fun day

Dates for next year’s festival have already been confirmed as June 22 and 23.

John Winter, chairman of Crook Community Leisure, said feedback had been “overwhelmingly positive,” adding: “A big thank you to everyone who supported the first Peases Fest, we hope that you will continue to support your local charity Crook Community Leisure.”

He added: “Crook Community Leisure would like to place on record their thanks to Greg and Willie Giles who organised the stage and bands with great tenacity. Also, many thanks to the Local firms who sponsored the event,Kidzone, Quality Solicitors Smith Roddam, S& A Building, Trevor Burn Fencing, Weardale Motor Services Ltd, Northspars and Northsparks.

“Particular thanks and gratitude is owed to local builder Dennis Dolphin of Dolmay Construction. Dolmay Construction built the new building consisting of the gym and function rooms. Last but by no means least a huge thank you to the many volunteers who undertook a variety of duties, this was very much appreciated.”