Can you lend a hand at carnival?

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ORGANISERS of a popular carnival have appealed for more volunteers with its first event only two weeks away.

As reported in the Mail earlier this month, the Headland Carnival has its busiest-ever schedule this year, despite organisers fearing they may have to make cuts after last year’s carnival.

The Headland Carnival committee has managed to pull together the funds to put on an action-packed programme which includes annual favourites such as the Miss Carnival contest, the nutty slack race and the carnival day parade.

But now committee members are appealing to anyone who can help out with the running of any of the various events to get in touch and sign up.

Committee chairman John Cambridge said: “We are always looking for people who can help us out.

“We have done well this year, it has been extremely tight with money but we have managed to organise all of the favourites and more.

“But any help at any of the events would be great and if anyone could donate or sponsor us that would also be very much appreciated.”

John, 68, who lives on the Headland with wife, Ada, said the organising of this year’s carnival got under way as soon as last year’s event was brought to a close.

Heats of the Hartlepool’s Got Talent competition are the first activities in this year’s carnival and get underway on Thursday, June 14.

The competition, which is aimed at those 18 and over, features four weekly heats ahead of the final which will be held at the Borough Hall, on the Headland, on Friday, July 20.

For the full schedule for this year’s carnival visit

Anyone who wishes to get involved with organising the events for this year’s carnival or volunteering at the events should call Mr Cambridge on (01429) 297462.