Homes and businesses dress to impress at Headland carnival

CARNIVAL COMPETITION: Mark Lupton and dancers Casey-Jo O'Donovan (8), Megan Skeet (12), Taylor Lupton (8), Kaydee Metcalfe (9), Steven Metcalfe (5), Luke Lupton (6), Frankie Lupton (4) and Scarlett Hurst (4) from the Chelsea Lupton School of Dance win the best dressed business competition Picture: DAVID WOOD
CARNIVAL COMPETITION: Mark Lupton and dancers Casey-Jo O'Donovan (8), Megan Skeet (12), Taylor Lupton (8), Kaydee Metcalfe (9), Steven Metcalfe (5), Luke Lupton (6), Frankie Lupton (4) and Scarlett Hurst (4) from the Chelsea Lupton School of Dance win the best dressed business competition Picture: DAVID WOOD
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Homes and businesses on the Headland got into the carnival spirit by decorating their premises.

Several streets and business put their heads together to create imaginative and colourful designs for Hartlepool Carnival’s annual best dressed competition.

CARNIVAL COMPETITION: Best dressed house winners Marie and Peter Sutheran outside their home on Lumley Square Picture: DAVID WOOD

CARNIVAL COMPETITION: Best dressed house winners Marie and Peter Sutheran outside their home on Lumley Square Picture: DAVID WOOD

Carnival organisers had a tough task picking the winners after casting their eye over each entry.

First place went to couple Peter and Marie Sutheran, who along with neighbours turned Lumley Square into Lumley Scare.

Eye-catching figures of monsters and creatures from the movies, including Freddy Krueger, Beetlejuice and Michael Myers popped up in front gardens.

Mum-of-three Marie, 46, who works in a fish and chip shop at Seaton, said: “We do it as a community. Peter does the majority of the work and we all help with the painting and decorating.

CARNIVAL COMPETITION: Carolyn McCarthy receives runner-up in the carnival best dressed home competition Picture: DAVID WOOD

CARNIVAL COMPETITION: Carolyn McCarthy receives runner-up in the carnival best dressed home competition Picture: DAVID WOOD

“We have entered our house for 11 years and have won it about six or seven times. More and more people have joined in over the last couple of years.”

Peter and Marie won £50 for their efforts. Second place was awarded to Carolyn McCarthy, of Warren Street, for using the historic Headland as her inspiration, with pictures of the Andy Capp statue, Sebastopol gun, St Hilda’s Church and, of course, the monkey. Bright hanging baskets added to the overall effect.

Fellow Warren Street resident Barry Bratt came third with his colourful Alice in Wonderland display. The trophy for Best Decorated Business went to the Chelsea Lupton School of Dance, in Victoria Street.

CARNIVAL COMPETITION: Barry Bratt receives third place in the carnival best dressed home competition Picture: DAVID WOOD

CARNIVAL COMPETITION: Barry Bratt receives third place in the carnival best dressed home competition Picture: DAVID WOOD

CARNIVAL COMPETITION: Local residents take a look at some of the dressed houses on Warren Street Picture: DAVID WOOD

CARNIVAL COMPETITION: Local residents take a look at some of the dressed houses on Warren Street Picture: DAVID WOOD