On Saturday 6th July, hundreds of adults and children came together for a colourful day of family fun in Gateshead’s beautiful Saltwell Park.
The occasion was Elmer’s Patchwork Parade and Family Fun day, the first community Elmer event organised by St Oswald’s Hospice, ahead of the Great North Parade trail opening on 21st August.
Everyone was colourfully dressed for the Parade, which was hosted by Metro Radio’s Steve & Karen and led off by Elmer himself. Family herds turned the park patchwork as they completed the course, carrying homemade flag and banners – with many in fantastic fancy dress and Elmer inspired costumes. Hidden on the route were four of the Elmer herd, seen for the very first time, and all participants took home a souvenir wristband.
But the fun didn’t stop there! As well as glorious sunshine, park-goers were treated to music and craft workshops, fairground rides, storytelling, lawn games and, face painting, as well as music and entertainment all afternoon on the Metro Radio stage.
All funds raised will support the work of St Oswald’s Hospice. Huge thank you to all of the staff, volunteers, supporters and sponsors who made the Patchwork Parade possible. We had a wonderful day and hope you did too.
And if you missed out on the Parade and a chance to meet some of the herd, don’t worry – Elmer’s Great North Parade will hit the streets and parks of Tyne and Wear in just a few short weeks – see you there!