Carnival activities set to start

A POPULAR annual event will burst into life next week.

After months of preparation, a whole host of activities and events are set to get into full swing at this year’s Headland Carnival.

All of the favourites are back and organisers are confident the event will prove bigger and better than ever before.

The Headland Carnival committee are also hoping the weather will be on their side when the Town Fair is officially opened next Thursday, August 2.

Stephen Akers-Belcher, chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council, will open the fair at 2pm alongside Carnival Princess Alisha Brannen.

Residents are also reminded that committee members will be handing out free vouchers for the rides at the fair to children with special needs on the fairground, at the Town Moor, on the Headland, from 11.30am-1.30pm on Thursday.

After the fun of the fair, adorable youngsters will get dressed up for the baby fancy dress competition.

The event will be held next Saturday, August 4, at Headland Social Club, in Throston Street. Doors open at 12.30pm.

The action continues the following day at the popular family fun day.

The event, at the Headland’s Town Square, will run from 1pm-5pm.

A variety of popular events will take place the following week including treasure digs, sand castle designs and a rising stars talent competition.

The much-loved nutty slack race and the carnival day parade will be held on Saturday, August 11, with the action getting underway at 2pm.

A committee spokesman said: “We are all ready to go.

“The carnival princess competition was a success and so was the Hartlepool’s Got Talent contest.

“Now we are all looking forward to the events we have planned over the next two weeks.

“It’s been hard work over the last year organising the event but we are pleased with how the programme is looking.

“Now we are hoping people turn out in force like they always do.”

It isn’t too late for people who wish to volunteer at any of the events to get in touch with the committee.

Any sponsorship or donations will also be gratefully accepted.

To get involved or for more information call the committee on 07769 670706 or John Cambridge on (01429) 297462.