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ORGANISERS of a major summer carnival have appealed for community support to make this year’s event a big success.

Preparations for the annual People’s Headland Carnival are well under way but organisers need more support and financial backing for the event, which costs about £3,000 to run.

The summer carnival is held over two weeks in July and August and it culminates with a carnival day parade featuring classic cars and jazz bands and the popular nutty slack race, which sees competitors carry a sack of coal around a half-mile course.

John Cambridge, 67, chairman of the 10-strong organising committee, said: “We need jazz bands for the parade, volunteers to help judge competitions, sponsorship and donations and as many people as possible on floats in fancy dress for the parade,” added the married dad of three, who lives in Seaview Terrace.

Committee member Kevin Jones, 52, a foster carer, of Gladstone Street, and married dad of four, said: “The Headland pubs are always very supportive and we have received support from Gus Robinson, Radio Hartlepool, Headland Parish Council and Hartlepool Borough Council.”

The 85th carnival starts on Saturday, July 23, with a Stars in their Eyes competition at the Borough Hall. Family events follow over the next two weeks.

The Town Fair, on the Town Moor, will be officially opened on Thursday, July 28, a family fun day has been organised for Saturday, July 31, and the nutty slack race and carnival parade bring the event to a close on Saturday, August 6.

There is a host of other events and people can register for them on the day.

For more information call John Cambridge on (01429) 297462 or Kevin Jones on (01429) 263968 or visit www.hartlepoolcarnival.com