ORGANISERS of a village's first fete in around 30 years hope to make it an annual event.

Fir Tree and Harperley Residents Association held the summer fair at Fir Tree, near Crook, on Saturday, July 14.

A tug-o-war between teams representing the Duke of York and Fir Tree Country Hotel was won by the Duke, there were traditional children's games, a coconut shy, snail racing, toss the welly, live music, stalls and a raffle and tombola.

Funds raised at the event are still being counted but it is thought around £500 was made and will go towards a defibrillator for the village.

Elaine Armstrong, one of the volunteers who helped organise the event, said: "With no community meeting place, no play area and a main road running through the village it is not easy for the children to congregate or indeed adults to meet up.

"So we wanted to re-establish a summer fair, we think the last one was in the 1980s, as a way of bringing the community together.

"It went really well and we hope it will become an annual community event and the tug-o-war will be a trophy the pubs compete for."