Carnival success

It's the Simpson's. Coral Young and Haley Slattery(right).
It's the Simpson's. Coral Young and Haley Slattery(right).

HEADLAND carnival organisers have hailed this year’s event as a “huge success”.

Hundreds of people enjoyed the dozens of activities and competitions on offer over the two week period.

A treasure dig, sandcastle competitions, talent contests and five-a-side matches were all well attended.

And despite the horrendous weather conditions, residents still turned out in force for the closing parade on Saturday.

John Cambridge, chair of the carnival committee, said once again the event proved to be the town’s highlight of the year.

John, 67, who lives on the Headland, said: “We are extremely pleased with this year’s carnival, it was a huge success.

“Other than parade day, the weather was fantastic for us and people were turning out in their dozens for the different events.

“We were getting 50 or 60 kids for the activities that were taking place on the beach.

“Saturday was the worst weather I have ever seen for the parade and I asked people whether they still wanted to go ahead with it.

“But they told me it’s only water, we are a resilient bunch here in Hartlepool.”

After the success of this year’s event, the attention of the committee turns immediately to the next carnival.

John said the expense of this year’s carnival will have to be paid off before the committee know whether they will have to make any cuts in the future.

“People don’t realise how much we have to pay, it does cost us a lot,” added John.

“We had to charge £1 for the fun day this year just to help get some money back.

“We need to pay for the road closures each year as well for the parade which is expensive. Any sponsors or businesses who would like to help us out next year would be greatly appreciated.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped to make this year’s event a success.

“The committee worked very hard all year round in preparation. They were fantastic.”