Hartlepool Carnival prince and princess have been crowned

Hartlepool carnival Princess Nicole Jade Gough (centre) with runner up Aimeeleigh Pearce left and Megan Kenny, right.
Hartlepool carnival Princess Nicole Jade Gough (centre) with runner up Aimeeleigh Pearce left and Megan Kenny, right.

Carnival royalty was crowned at a fun family event.

Girls and boys and their families packed out The Victoria Arms on the Headland for Hartlepool Carnival’s annual Prince and Princess Competition.

Carnival Prince Jordan Harrison (centre), Aaron Smith, left, and Ryan Turner, right

Carnival Prince Jordan Harrison (centre), Aaron Smith, left, and Ryan Turner, right

Youngsters aged between 11 and 16 got up on stage and told the judges all about themselves before the winners were announced.

This year’s Carnival Prince is 15-year-old Jordan Harrison.

He will take his place on Saturday’s big parade alongside Princess, Nicole Jade Gough.

Organisers were pleased with the turnout and overall support for this year’s competition.

Sunshine is forecast so please come along

Carnival spokesman

Sylvia Robson, of Hartlepool Carnival, said: “It went really well and I think they all enjoyed it.

“They all got up at the end and danced which was nice.

“We had three boys enter this year which we were pleased about. We would like to thank the Victoria Arms for putting on the event.”

Fourteen-year-old Ryan Turner finished a close second followed by Aaron Smith in third place.

For the girls, Aimeeleigh Pearce was the runner up with Megan Kenny winning third place.

Jordan and Nicole each won £30 for coming first with second place getting £20 and £10 for third.

The judging panel comprised of Janet Staunch and Janice Forbes from Hartlepool & District Hospice and Miss Teen British Isles Sommer Goldsbrough.

Today sees the judging of the carnival’s best dressed house, garden and business competition.

But the big day is Saturday when hundreds of revellers will converge on the Headland for the annual parade day.

Events take place around the Town Square from 1pm including live music and medieval re-enactment displays.

And the popular Nutty Slack Race returns at the Victoria Arms on Northgate at 2.45pm. Register on the day.

Judging of parade entrants’ fancy dress takes place in the putting green area at 3pm with different age categories for individual and group entries.

There are cash prizes for the top three in each category and the best float or vehicle will receive £300 for first, £200 for second and £100 for third.

The parade starts at 4pm sharp from Town Square.

A carnival spokesman said: “It is not too late to enter. Sunshine is forecast so please come along.”