Thousands enjoy ‘one of the best Headland parades in years’

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THOUSANDS of people turned out to make this year’s Headland Carnival parade day “one of the best in years” as the sun shone down on the colourful and packed event.

Residents who dared to pull off some fantastic fancy dress outfits joined excited youngsters in bringing the curtain down on this year’s carnival in style.

Headland Carnival 2012 parade day. Pirates on parade.

Headland Carnival 2012 parade day. Pirates on parade.

Organisers, who worked for months in preparation to make sure all of the favourites returned at this year’s carnival, were repaid with a fantastic turn out predicted to have been around the 4,000 mark.

After the ever popular Nutty Slack Race kicked off the action-packed day, it was time for the big finale, the parade.

And where last year’s event was overshadowed by torrential rain, the fine weather was never in doubt this time around as the sun continued to shine throughout the day.

The Carnival Princess and Queen were part of the colourful parade, along with local community groups and clubs.

Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council, waved to the crowds on one of the floats while local drinking spot the Fisherman’s Arms designed its very own moving pub aboard another of the impressive floats.

The talented youngsters who make up the Hartlepool Hawks wowed the crowds with their routines.

A delighted John Cambridge, 68, a member of the Headland Carnival 
committee, said: “What an absolutely excellent way to cap off a fantastic carnival.

“It’s been tip top from start to finish and the turn out here was one of the best we have had in years.

“Everyone has played their part this year, we have had a brilliant response and turn out at all of the events.

“It just shows how much the carnival means to people.”

Headland Carnival committee members thanked everyone who has helped to make this year’s event a success.

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