OH WE do like to be beside the seaside.
More than 50 families from Rotherham enjoyed a day of traditional British beach fun for free thanks to volunteers.
They went on donkey rides, built sandcastles, and had fish and chips at South Bay Beach, Scarborough.
Construction, housing and property giant Willmott Dixon teamed up with charity Rotherham Holiday Aid, Aughton Early Years and other children’s centres to organise the fun-filled day and picnic.
Its voluntary team worked with Rotherham Council and Rotherham Holiday Aid to identify families who would benefit most from a seaside outing.
Michael Pearson, community and customer officer, said: “This is the second successful trip we have arranged for local families. When the Mayor of Rotherham first told us about the work of the charity, we were keen to help them in any way we could and our colleagues in Scarborough were happy to accommodate a few extra guests. Getting everyone there and safely back again took a lot of planning and hard work, but it was all worth it to see the smiles on the kids’ faces when they saw the sea.”
Youngsters and their parents met the Mayor and Mayoress of Scarborough. A bucket and spade was provided for all children who attended and prizes were awarded for winning sandcastles and the best Hawaiian-themed fancy dress outfits. The event was part of Willmott Dixon’s ‘Community Day’ initiative.