Victorian festival turns back the clock in Hartlepool

James Colis (chair of friends of Seaton Park) . Picture by FRANK REID
James Colis (chair of friends of Seaton Park) . Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool took on a Victorian look when an annual funday was held.

The Friends of Seaton Park’s annual summer event took place yesterday - in spite of some less than ideal weather - with the theme of a Grand Victorian Festival.

Bubble man Richard Shaw entertaining visitors to the Victorian Festival held in Seaton Park . Picture by FRANK REID

Bubble man Richard Shaw entertaining visitors to the Victorian Festival held in Seaton Park . Picture by FRANK REID

Despite the showers, people enjoyed more than five hours of activities including competitions such as sandcastle building on Seaton beach. Later, in Seaton Park itself, visitors got to enjoy Punch and Judy, face painting, a coconut shy, cake stall, an appearance by the Hartlepool Ukulele Group, Steve’s Animal Ark, displays, a raffle and free craft activities.

There were prizes for children’s fancy dress, adults Victorian costume and best decorated hat competitions.

Around 30 people, including members of Hartlepool Victorian Society, dressed in the regalia.

Graeme Measor, secretary of the Friends of Seaton Park, said: “The day went as well as could be expected given the inclement weather. We had lots going on in the park and everyone enjoyed themselves.”

Victorian Festival sandcastle winners sisters Sophie (left) and Grace Measor with Town Crier Michael Altringham.

Victorian Festival sandcastle winners sisters Sophie (left) and Grace Measor with Town Crier Michael Altringham.

The annual fun day is held to celebrate the park and the work that has been completed that year.

Sisters Sophie (left) and Grace Measor enjoying the Tea Pot ride during the Victorian Festival held in Seaton Carew Park . Picture by FRANK REID

Sisters Sophie (left) and Grace Measor enjoying the Tea Pot ride during the Victorian Festival held in Seaton Carew Park . Picture by FRANK REID

Graeme Measor (Secretary of Friends of Seaton Park) getting into the spirit of the Victorian Festival . Picture by FRANK REID

Graeme Measor (Secretary of Friends of Seaton Park) getting into the spirit of the Victorian Festival . Picture by FRANK REID