12 months to go - but the planning starts now for Hartlepool Carnival 2018

Hartlepool Carnival Parade at the Headland on Saturday.
Hartlepool Carnival Parade at the Headland on Saturday.

What a success! But the hard work has already started to make next year’s Hartlepool Carnival even better.

Organisers are not resting on their laurels despite reflecting on just how good this year’s Headland event was.

Hartlepool Carnival parade at the Headland on Saturday.

Hartlepool Carnival parade at the Headland on Saturday.

The carnival committee had already started planning for 2018 and have booked the vintage cars for 12 months time. A spokesman said: “We are planning as we speak and we are booking things already.

“Reflecting on this year’s event, I would say both the quality and quantity of entries for this year’s parade was more substantial.

“We have had some great feedback and I thought it was a great success. If we can get more volunteers on board, I am sure next year could be an even bigger event.”

Highlights of this year’s carnival included the parade, Nutty Slack Race (which was won by Peter Slack), and the choosing of the carnival prince and princess.

Both the quality and quantity of entries for this year’s parade was more substantial. If we can get more volunteers on board, I am sure next year could be an even bigger event

Carnival spokesman

Thirteen-year-old Jake Kitching was named carnival prince a day after winning the talent contest (11-15 age group). Carnival Princess was Nicole Gough, also aged 13, and they were both part of the colourful finale, the grand parade through the Headland.

There was the Best Dressed Home, Garden and Business competitions, and the Headland Carnival talent show where the winner in the 5 to 10 age group was announced as Amelia Nixon, nine, with her performance as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.

While Jake won the 11 to 15 age group with his dance/gymnastic routine.

And another big highlight was the sandcastle competition on the Headland’s Fish Sands. Children aged between four and 13 turned up to get involved despite the damp weather.

Hartlepool Carnival parade at the Headland on Saturday.

Hartlepool Carnival parade at the Headland on Saturday.

And the annual attraction of the fairground was another big hit.

Now comes the efforts to make sure next year’s event is just as good, if not better. Organisers would love to hear from anyone willing to be a volunteer.

Anyone interested in supporting future carnivals is urged to visit the event’s Facebook page called Hartlepool Carnival.

They should leave their email address as well as contact details so that officials can get back to them.

Hartlepool Carnival Parade at the Headland on Saturday.

Hartlepool Carnival Parade at the Headland on Saturday.

Hartlepool Carnival Parade at the Headland on Saturday. l-r Louise Marshall, Christine Marshall, who was celebrating her 60th birthday, and Jill Herrington.

Hartlepool Carnival Parade at the Headland on Saturday. l-r Louise Marshall, Christine Marshall, who was celebrating her 60th birthday, and Jill Herrington.

Hartlepool Carnival Parade at the Headland on Saturday.

Hartlepool Carnival Parade at the Headland on Saturday.

Hartlepool Carnival Parade at the Headland on Saturday.

Hartlepool Carnival Parade at the Headland on Saturday.

Hartlepool Carnival Parade at the Headland on Saturday.

Hartlepool Carnival Parade at the Headland on Saturday.

Hartlepool Carnival Parade at the Headland on Saturday.

Hartlepool Carnival Parade at the Headland on Saturday.

Hartlepool Carnival Parade at the Headland on Saturday.

Hartlepool Carnival Parade at the Headland on Saturday.