Packed programme on the Headland for Hartlepool Carnival

12-year-old dancer Megan Skeet takes part in the carnival talent competition at the Headland Social Club.
12-year-old dancer Megan Skeet takes part in the carnival talent competition at the Headland Social Club.
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The Headland will be bouncing this weekend when Hartlepool Carnival day arrives.

A packed programme of fun is in store tomorrow when thousands of people from all over town are expected to descend on the area.

We are confident Saturday will be another wonderful day

Hartlepool Carnival spokesman

The highlight will be the carnival parade which starts at 4pm from the town square.

A carnival committee spokesman said: “We are confident Saturday will be another wonderful day judging by how successful all of the other events have been this year.

“We are hoping for nice weather to bring people out. Once again the committee would like to thank all the people and local business for their support.”

Scores of local groups and individuals will impress in fancy dress and march through the streets.

Judging for the fancy dress competition takes place at 3pm at the putting green.

There are categories for individuals of all ages and groups with prizes money for the top three in each.

Floats and vehicles can also enter with £300 for first, £200 to second and £100 for third place.

Before that there is a market from noon in Town Square and a Wild West re-encaters staging displays in Croft Gardens.

The popular Nutty Slack Race returns when men are invited to run round a route carrying a four stone sack. The winner will pocket £50 with second and third prizes of £25 and £15.

It starts from the Victoria Arms, on Northgate, at 2.45pm. Entry forms are available.

People are reminded that several roads will be closed to traffic tomorrow for the carnival events.

Durham Street, High Street, Middlegate and Northgate will be closed between 2.30pm and 5.30pm.

Access to the Headland will be along the seafront to Marine Drive.