Musclemen put on show of strength

Entrants of Britain's Strongest Man competition which was part of Billingham Carnival and Horticultural Show
Entrants of Britain's Strongest Man competition which was part of Billingham Carnival and Horticultural Show

MUSCLEMEN from all over the UK gave a breathtaking display of their strengths when they took part in a national contest in Billingham.

The Britain’s Strongest Man competition was part of the exciting line up of Billingham Carnival and Horticultural Show at the weekend.

An estimated 15,000 visitors are said to have attended the two-day event at The Green in Old Billingham.

It made it a great success for the event’s new organisers.

Volunteers from the Billingham Legacy Fund, which have supported previous carnivals, took over the organisation from long-time stalwart Roger Black.

Event organiser Pat Whittingham said: “It was phenomenal seeing the Britain’s Strongest Man contestants pulling these huge chains and trucks and lifting Atlas stones.

“I stood watching them thinking ‘how on earth are they even doing that?’”

Another big attraction was the horticultural show which was recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Pat added: “They said the quality of the produce and flowers rivalled anything nationally.

“We had a lot of crafters who all said how friendly everyone was and we believe we had more than 15,000 people across the two days.

“The weather stayed fine for us and everyone had great fun.”

There was something for everyone with a talent show, which was won by a 13-year-old Hartlepool girl, fairground rides and children’s corner.

On Sunday, dog owners took along their beloved pooches for a fun dog show.

A number of local businesses got on board by sponsoring the various elements.