Busy summer fair at children’s centre

Words and photos by Dave Barry

A summer fair at Gallows Close Centre raised just over £400 for the children's services charity in Barrowcliff.

“Not too bad considering the weather”, says the centre’s development worker Kimmie Avison.

“We had roughly 170 people, which is pretty good really”.

The fair featured a barbecue, a magician, face painting, hook-a-duck, a tombola, live music from the Railroad Hobos, welly races, a penalty shoot-out and other games.

The magician, Stephen Brailsford, went down well with all the children present, including Alfred Pawlowski, 6, of Barrowcliff Road.

Phil Martin and Lee Atkinson of the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Outreach team ran a drop-in ukulele workshop.

Participants included Peter Yugire, 7, of Maple Drive, who is planning to take it a step further when he starts year 3 at school this month.

Sandy Grant ran a fundraising tombola in aid of Cancer UK. She says her niece has a big tumour in her womb and that her dad died of cancer seven years ago. Raising funds helps Sandy cope with the grief she still feels. She buys most of the tombola items.