Rain did not dampen the spirits of those who gathered in Barnstaple on Sunday to celebrate the 70th birthday of the National Health Service.

Archie Bee the RGB mascot and head of fundraising Ian Roome at the NDDH NHS 70 party. Picture: Tony GussinArchie Bee the RGB mascot and head of fundraising Ian Roome at the NDDH NHS 70 party. Picture: Tony Gussin

A family fun day hosted by North Devon District Hospital for the Over and Above Cancer and Wellbeing Centre Appeal had stalls, sideshows and live music throughout the afternoon.

There were also behind-the-scenes hospital tours, including a popular tour for teddy bears, who together with their owners got to find out what happens in the Fracture Clinic.

The event was opened by 93-year-old Trudi Brown, who was working in North Devon when the NHS was created in 1948.

Mrs Brown came to the region from Ireland the year before as a newly qualified radiographer and worked at the North Devon Infirmary up until 1954, when she left to raise a family, but has stayed in the area until this day.

Lily and Mia Bell with their teddies and certificates after a teddy bear tour of the Fracture Clinic for the NHS 70 fun day in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony GussinLily and Mia Bell with their teddies and certificates after a teddy bear tour of the Fracture Clinic for the NHS 70 fun day in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ian Roome, head of fundraising and volunteering, said: “We had an absolutely fantastic day celebrating despite the weather being against us, and it was great to see people dancing in the rain in true NHS community spirit!

“All of our performers were amazing, the food was delicious and we had great feedback about our hospital tours which let people get behind the scenes to see how the hospital ran, see the pathology lab and take their teddy bear to get treated for a broken arm! We are hoping to run similar events in the future.

“Thank you to everyone who came along, to all our volunteers and to everyone who performed, had a stall or provided food and drink. We couldn’t put on amazing events like this without everybody’s ongoing support - thank you again.”

Teddy hospital tours were offered as part of the NHS 70 fun day at North Devon District Hospital. Picture: Tony GussinTeddy hospital tours were offered as part of the NHS 70 fun day at North Devon District Hospital. Picture: Tony Gussin

Teddy hospital tours were offered as part of the NHS 70 fun day at North Devon District Hospital. Picture: Tony GussinTeddy hospital tours were offered as part of the NHS 70 fun day at North Devon District Hospital. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ian Roome, Darryn Allcorn, and Trudi Brown at the official opening of the NHS 70 party in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony GussinIan Roome, Darryn Allcorn, and Trudi Brown at the official opening of the NHS 70 party in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony Gussin

Megan Scoins sings for the NHS 70 party at North Devon District Hospital. Picture: Tony GussinMegan Scoins sings for the NHS 70 party at North Devon District Hospital. Picture: Tony Gussin

Sam Dowden playing for the NHS 70 party at North Devon District Hospital. Picture: Tony GussinSam Dowden playing for the NHS 70 party at North Devon District Hospital. Picture: Tony Gussin

The NDDH Hospital Choir sings for the NHS 70 party at North Devon District Hospital. Picture: Tony GussinThe NDDH Hospital Choir sings for the NHS 70 party at North Devon District Hospital. Picture: Tony Gussin

Lily Bell with her teddy in plaster after a tour at North Devon District Hospital for the NHS 70  fun day. Picture: Tony GussinLily Bell with her teddy in plaster after a tour at North Devon District Hospital for the NHS 70 fun day. Picture: Tony Gussin

Family fun day at North Devon District Hospital as part of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations. Picture: NHS/contributedFamily fun day at North Devon District Hospital as part of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations. Picture: NHS/contributed

Family fun day at North Devon District Hospital as part of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations. Picture: NHS/contributedFamily fun day at North Devon District Hospital as part of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations. Picture: NHS/contributed

Family fun day at North Devon District Hospital as part of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations. Picture: NHS/contributedFamily fun day at North Devon District Hospital as part of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations. Picture: NHS/contributed

Family fun day at North Devon District Hospital as part of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations. Picture: NHS/contributedFamily fun day at North Devon District Hospital as part of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations. Picture: NHS/contributed

Family fun day at North Devon District Hospital as part of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations. Picture: NHS/contributedFamily fun day at North Devon District Hospital as part of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations. Picture: NHS/contributed

Family fun day at North Devon District Hospital as part of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations. Picture: NHS/contributedFamily fun day at North Devon District Hospital as part of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations. Picture: NHS/contributed