Carnival set to rock

Angie Wilcox (front left) (manager at manor residents association) and Bev Jones (front right) (childrens services manager) hold posters to promote the Owton carnival) with fellow Manor Residents Association staff
Angie Wilcox (front left) (manager at manor residents association) and Bev Jones (front right) (childrens services manager) hold posters to promote the Owton carnival) with fellow Manor Residents Association staff
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THOUSANDS of people are set to flock to a popular summer carnival later this month.

The Owton Carnival was a huge hit last year and organisers are hoping this year’s event will be even bigger.

Last year more than 4,000 people headed to the carnival which is organised by staff at the Manor Residents’ Association, in Kilmarnock Road, Hartlepool.

The annual carnival takes place on Saturday, July 30, between 10am and 5pm, at the field in Midlothian Road, off Owton Manor Lane.

Labour councillor Angie Wilcox, who represents the Owton ward on Hartlepool Borough Council, is manager at Manor Residents’ Association.

Coun Wilcox said: “I would urge people to come along and support this event.

“We have a team of about 30 volunteers that help put the event on and a similar amount working on the actual day.

“It will hopefully be a great event and there will be plenty of things to keep people entertained.”

Confirmed acts include a climbing wall, fairground rides with a big wheel, a jazz band plus displays from the Hartlepool Hawks cheerleading group, the Itsy Bitsy dance group and the Phoenix Dance troupe.

There will also be a multi-use games area, a tug-o-war involving residents and councillors plus performances from young singers from the Red Dreams organisation.

Organisers have also arranged a free area for young children to enjoy a range of craft activities.

This year there will also be a giant car boot sale plus dozens of stalls.

Anyone interested in booking a stall is being urged to get in touch to book their slot.

Coun Wilcox added: “We have a small number of stalls still available, but people will have to be quick if they want to book one.”

There has always been a summer carnival, but it used to be held in the grounds of Grange Primary School.

Last year’s event was on a much bigger scale to mark the association’s 21st birthday.

The pitches for the stalls and car boot sale cost £5 each.

For more information about the event, or to book a spot, call Manor Residents’ Association on (01429) 297201.