Plans for a packed carnival schedule

Snow White and the seven dwarfs at last year's carnival
Snow White and the seven dwarfs at last year's carnival

ORGANISERS of the hugely-popular Headland Carnival have a packed schedule planned for this year’s events – despite last year insisting they might have to make cuts.

The Headland Carnival Committee says it is short of funds and needs help in any way it can be offered. But they have still worked non-stop to make sure all of the family favourites and more are included in this year’s carnival.

The Miss Carnival contest, carnival day parade, town fair and various competitions for youngsters are all mainstays for this year’s carnival.

And organisers are delighted to add the Carnival Rock Festival, a 12-hour marathon of music at the band stand on Headland Promenade, provided by Red Dreams.

The fun gets under way next month with the first heat of a Hartlepool’s Got Talent competition.

Weekly heats for those aged 18 and over will be held from Thursday, June 14, until Thursday, July 5, at The Studio, in Hartlepool’s Tower Street, before the grand final at the Borough Hall, on the Headland, on Friday, July 20.

This year’s town fair will officially open on Thursday, August 2 which will kick-start nine days of activities and events including sand castle designs, a treasure dig, darts and pool competitions and the annual nutty slack race.

This year’s carnival parade will be held on Saturday, August 11.

John Cambridge, committee chairman, said: “A lot of effort has gone into this year’s carnival.

“We have been meeting since last August and we have got a few more members on the committee.

“We are looking forward to it but we still want to hear from people for them to tell us what they want, it’s their carnival.

“We just try to do what people want, as long as we have the funds.”

The carnival costs around £5,000 to organise and run every year, and John appealed to businesses or individuals to offer their support.

The 68-year-old, who lives on the Headland with wife, Ada, said: “We are always on the lookout for help.

“If anyone can sponsor us, donate, volunteer or come along to be judges at some of the events it would be much appreciated.”

Anyone who is able to support the carnival can call John on (01429) 297462.

For more information about the carnival visit www.hartlepoolcarnival.com.