Carnival needs volunteers and sponsors

ORGANISERS of a major summer carnival say preparations are in full swing ahead of the big event later this month.

The annual People’s Headland Carnival is held over two weeks in July and August and it culminates in a carnival day parade.

Committee members say their preparation work is going well but they have appealed for more volunteers and sponsors to help make the day a huge success.

The event costs about £3,000 to run.

John Cambridge, 67, chairman of the 10-strong organising committee, said: “It is up to the people of the Headland and Hartlepool to support this event.

“We can do as much work as possible but we need their support to make it a success.

“We are pleased with how the preparations have gone but we still need volunteers to help out during the event,”

The married dad-of-three, who lives in Seaview Terrace, added: “If possible we would also like to try and attract some sponsorship for the individual events and activities.”

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 carnival day parade will feature classic cars and vintage scooters, a New Orleans-style jazz band and the popular nutty slack race, which sees competitors carry a sack of coal around a half-mile course.

There will also be a Second World War re-enactment group serving food from the time.

So far organisers are aware of three floats that will be taking part in the parade but anyone interested in having a float can turn up on the day and register.

Mr Cambridge added: “So far we have three that have registered an interest but there is room for a lot more.”

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.

Organisers say the pubs on the Headland are always very supportive, while they have also received support from Gus Robinson, Radio Hartlepool, Headland Parish Council and Hartlepool Borough Council.

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