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Thousands flock to Shildon's National Railway Museum to meet real-life superheroes

Superheroes 2016 banner and event

Image: Superheroes event banner

THOUSANDS of families gathered at The Locomotion last weekend here in Shildon, for a super-hero themed event run by the emergency services.

Police squad cars, fire engines, an aerial platform, police dogs and blood bikes were some of the attractions on offer at the free family fun day hosted by Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner.

Ron said: “One of the aims was to bring communities, emergency services and our voluntary organisations closer together, and I’m delighted so many people joined us from across County Durham, Darlington and other areas across the North East.

“It’s been absolutely fabulous,” he said. “We have had the company of lots of kids and families and that’s what it’s all about - local people making that connection with our emergency services.”

Famous faces from Channel 5’s Police Interceptors television show proved popular with both youngsters and parents who queued for pictures and an autograph.

Residents who attended have commented on Ron’s Facebook page, saying:

“There was plenty to do for all ages and everyone was so helpful and friendly”

“This was an amazing experience for all ages and it certainly made my daughter’s day” and,

“It was so lovely to see kids’ interacting so positively with the emergency services and everyone there we met was excellent with all the children. Hoping there's another event next year!”

Adam Hall, Bishop Auckland Fire Station manager, added: “We have thoroughly enjoyed supporting the event today and giving the public an insight into what we do and the equipment we have.

“The aerial platform has gone down very well with those who are brave enough to have a go and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the grounds.”

About 20,000 people visited the Celebration of Superheroes event.

Mr Hogg said: “We would like to say a big thank you to The Locomotion. Staff here have been absolutely fantastic and have helped us make the day a success.”

Photos of the event can be viewed on the office Facebook page.

Posted on Monday 31st October 2016
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