ORGANISERS of a popular carnival have expressed their delight after residents turned out to share their ideas at a meeting.
As previously reported in the Hartlepool Mail, Headland Carnival committee members asked people of the town for their input ahead of next year’s event and urged residents to volunteer and help out.
A meeting took place last week at the Headland Social Club, in Throston Street, Hartlepool, which committee chairman John Cambridge described as “extremely successful”.
He said they secured three more volunteers for next year’s carnival and discussed a host of new ideas.
John, 67, said there are no plans to radically change the structure of the carnival, but just to tweak a few of the activities.
Despite the successful meeting, the committee is still short of funding.
The event costs between £3,000 and £4,000 to run and John says they are currently around £1,000 short.
I realise it is tough with the economy how it is at the minute, but any sponsorship we receive would be a huge help,” said the dad-of-three who lives on the Headland with wife, Ava.
“To get the funding we need every year is tough.”
John says the hard work starts now ahead of next year’s carnival and is taking all of the new ideas on board.
He added: “It was fantastic to hear the people of the town giving their ideas, it’s their carnival so we want to make sure they enjoy it.
“We do get a bit of criticism every year, but that’s part and parcel of holding an event like this.
“I am feeling really positive ahead of next year’s carnival after the meeting, it’s fantastic to have the support of so many people.”
Anyone who may be able to sponsor next year’s carnival or people interested in donating money should call John on (01429) 297462.