Carnival time

CARNIVAL: Billingham Carnival Isobell Martin with dad Jim
CARNIVAL: Billingham Carnival Isobell Martin with dad Jim

ORGANISERS of a popular carnival and garden show are looking forward to another fun-filled weekend.

The 19th annual Billingham Carnival and Garden Show features games and activities for all sections of the community.

And bodybuilders from all over the UK will flex their muscles when they compete in England’s Strongest Man competition.

Organisers have been boosted by a £6,000 grant from local recycling firm SITA UK which is the main sponsor.

Roger Black, who has organised the event since the beginning, said: “We’ve got a heck of a programme this year for everyone to enjoy.

“There will be plenty on for the children in the youth corner and lots going on for everyone.

“It’s something you start and can’t give up.

“I enjoy seeing people of all ages enjoying themselves.”

The event takes place over the weekend of September 10 and 11 on The Green, off Station Road, Billingham,

The garden show will be held in the main tent on Saturday where award-winning vegetables and flowers will be on display.

It will include produce grown by children from 15 schools in the area.

All craft and charity stalls have been sold and organisers have had to lay on an extra marquee to house more.

Sunday will see demonstrations by street dancing and drum groups and a fun dog show at 9am.

England’s Strongest Man competition takes place on the Sunday afternoon and there will be fairground rides running all weekend.

Roger added: “I would like to say a big thank you to SITA UK for its continued support and loyalty to the Billingham Carnival and with the generous donation of £6,000 the carnival will again be a great event for the local community.”

Graham Ingleson, SITA UK technical general manager, said: “We’re extremely proud to be associated with the Billingham Carnival and Garden Show.

“It has become a highlight of the local community calendar and a great family day out.”

Admission to the show is free, but rides cost between £2 to £3 a go.

Organisers will be giving away 10 free tickets an hour worth up to £30 on both days in a prize draw.