A TOWN tradition was upheld when its new mayor hosted a tea party for residents and dignitaries from across the region.

Spennymoor Town Council holds an annual reception for the public and mayoral parties from surrounding communities– affectionately known as The Chain Gang– to meet its mayor.

On Saturday June 29, the 2019-20 Mayor of Spennymoor, Councillor Elizabeth Wood, invited people to Spennymoor Town Hall for tea and cake.

The event was also a chance for Cllr Wood to kick-start fundraising for her nominated charities, The Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust and The Learning library.

The Trust was founded and is based in the town, where it has a charity shop and holds regular events, and supports people affected by the disease themselves or as a loved one in a variety of ways from grants to practical help and support groups.

The Learning Library began in 1986 when a small group of parents and other interested people came together with the aim of meeting the needs of children with additional needs. Today, it helps hundreds of people across the county from its base in the town and through outreach work by lending specialist equipment and toys to families.

Cllr Wood said people were very generous in donating prizes and taking part in the raffle and tombola.

"I would like to thank all of those who contributed as you have supported two great causes," she added.