Carnival time! Here’s your thoughts on Hartlepool’s colourful event

Snow White and the seven dwarfs at the Headland Carnival fancy dress event in 2011.
Snow White and the seven dwarfs at the Headland Carnival fancy dress event in 2011.

It’s carnival time!

The Headland Carnival is now very much in full swing and we thought it would be a perfect chance to take a trip down Memory Lane.

Dennis the Menace pictured amongst the fancy dress parade in 1991.

Dennis the Menace pictured amongst the fancy dress parade in 1991.

We asked what your best memories were of the popular annual event after we posted a photograph on social media and you came up with some great replies.

One of them came from Graham Rennie who said: “Best day ever. Great atmosphere and a brilliant chance to catch up and see people you haven’t seen in a while.”

In fact, he went further and declared: “Long live the Headland carnival.”

But Graham wasn’t the only one sharing the praise for the festival which has been held for decades.

Best day ever. Great atmosphere and a brilliant chance to catch up and see people you haven’t seen in a while

Graham Rennie

Sylvia Liddle said she loved the “last day when we see all the bands , procession, and who won the children’s fancy dress. Also the decorated business lorries. I don’t think the business lorries do this now as we have lost many factories and businesses.”

Thanks to Sylvia and to the 9,000-plus people who took a look at the article on social media.

Among those who liked it were Leigh Karakosta Flounders, Ellen Gardner, Marty Threlfall, Matt Monroe, Julie Bolton, June Sewell and Brenda Farmer.

It also got the backing of Kelli Murphy, Natalie Robson, Sammie Forbes, Andy Moore, Shirley Carter, Callum Atter and Keith Taylor.

There were more of you who left your comments as well including John Beha who said: “Lots of memories. We used to watch it on Durham Street and then run down to Northgate to catch it again; some years it was so long we wouldn’t get there to see the front.”

Ste Robinson said he loved “the Sunday after carnival day as it used to be the raft race and birdman day.”

Who remembers the raft event and the birdman competition where people would try and get the furthest out to sea as they jumped into the water.

Some would make their own contraptions or don fancy dress in a bid to make a great impression.

Did you have a go at the birdman event and what can you tell us about it?

There were two more people who certainly had plenty to say about the carnival.

Neil Angus said: “Used to come home with bag fills of goodies and sweets and stickers, and the parents where always given beer off the Cameron’s truck. It was cracking.”

Thanks also to Diane Liddle who said she loved: “The parade and watching everybody have fun. Love the jazz bands x.”

We would love more of your memories of the carnival. Which was your favourite year and favourite event?

Email them to chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk