Carnival King’s memory lives on

Katrina Young with the raft race winners the 1st Hartlepool Boys Brigade
Katrina Young with the raft race winners the 1st Hartlepool Boys Brigade

THE daughter of a former Headland Carnival King says her dad would have been “over the moon” after a shield was named in his honour.

Katrina Young presented the winners of this year’s raft race with a shield in dad harry Young’s name.

Much-loved Harry, 72, who was well known for being one half of the Carnival King and Queen with his beloved wife Margie, passed away peacefully in hospital after an illness in August.

Just days later the carnival committee decided to name the raft race shield in his honour.

It was presented to the lads from the 1st Hartlepool Boys Brigade who came first with their raft in the shape of a coffin.

Katrina, 35, who lives on the Headland, said: “It was an emotional day and just so nice that the carnival committee took the time to honour my dad’s name.

“He would have been over the moon.

“My uncles and cousins all played rugby for the Boys Brigade so it makes it extra special that they won.”

More than 1,000 spectators watched the return of the popular race at The Fish Sands when around a dozen entrants battled it out for the £100 top prize.

It proved a memorable ending to the carnival after the race was postponed due to bad weather.

A carnival spokesman said: “We had a shield made for the relaunch of the raft race and decided to do it in Harry’s name.

“We spoke to his family and they were thrilled.”

There was also live music from five bands and fair rides to keep people or all ages entertained.