Pulling in crowds

Last year's Billingham Carnival and Garden Show  featured fairground rides and a strongman competition along with flowers and produce.
Last year's Billingham Carnival and Garden Show featured fairground rides and a strongman competition along with flowers and produce.
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THERE is a strong chance there will be something for everyone at an annual event taking place this weekend.

The Billingham Carnival and Horticultural Show returns to The Green at Old Billingham this Saturday and Sunday.

From 10am-4pm each day, The Green will see a host of action, which includes one of the country’s biggest strongmen competitions.

There will be a range of free activities for young people in the kiddies corner and youth marquee, which is sponsored by Sita, as well as a horticultural show sponsored by Growhow.

The event is also home to the 65th annual Billingham Show, which will see an exhibition of arts and crafts in St Cuthbert’s Hall.

The weekend is organised by Billingham Legacy Foundation, whose volunteers will be serving free tea and coffee at the Senior Citizens’ cafe.

Another highlight will be the thrills and spills of the fair.

On the Sunday, there will be a dog show at 9.30am, with last entries at 8.45am.

There will also be a tug of war competition and a host of stalls.

Sunday also sees the Britain’s Strongest Man competition, starting at 1pm.

Highlights of this North East Truck and Van-sponsored event include a vehicle-pull, tyre-lift and Atlas stones.

The winner goes on to qualify for the World’s Strongest Man Competition in USA.

Another event is Billingham’s Got Talent, with youngsters showingcasing their talents, and the winner announced at 3.45pm on Sunday.

Pat Chambers, one of the organisers, said: “Our annual celebration of the harvest is this weekend and bringing a host of activities for the family, from the thrill of the fairground to the challenge of Britain’s Strongest Man.

“Ran wholly by volunteers this event attracts between 15,000 and 18,000 people across the two days.”

“We have one of the best horticultural shows in all of the North and our arts and crafts section celebrates its 65th year this year.”