A SUMMER play scheme has once again been praised for bringing joy to children during the school holidays.

The Quay Play scheme in Connah's Quay looked a little different this year due to the coronavirus restrictions, but children still had 'smiles of enjoyment'.

The Connah’s Quay free summer play scheme ‘Quay Play’ has been going for more than 40 years.

Following its success in 2018, the town councillors decided to expand it to six weeks instead of five.

Children benefited from the scheme, which had moved to its new home near Central Park – making use of the council’s community centre and scout hut on Cable Street.

Despite its differences this year, dozens of children still benefitted from the summer play scheme and a 'snack pack' to prevent school holidays hunger.

Cllr Paul Shotton said: "I have been pleased to attend the Quayplay Two week scheme. It was good to see the children running, playing and enjoying themselves, it was also good to hear the children receive a snack pack.

"It is well supervised. Thanks to all involved."

Cllr Shotton along with Cllr Ian Dunbar and vice chair of the town council Cllr Peter Davies, visited the children at the scheme.

Cllr Dunbar added: "It was good to see the youngsters enjoying themselves with the Quay Play officers.

"Although the number of youngsters that attended was less than normal because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the officers and buddies from Flintshire County Council entertained the children with games and then Newydd arrived with food and drinks for all.

"The Quay Play programme was only for two weeks this year but held all over Flintshire.

"The weather held up and it was pleasing to see the smiles of enjoyment on the youngsters' faces."