‘One of a kind’ – Tributes to much-loved Hartlepool carnival king

King and Queen of the Headland Carnival Margie and Harry Young.
King and Queen of the Headland Carnival Margie and Harry Young.

A MUCH-LOVED and well known former carnival king has sadly died.

Popular Harry Young, 72, who was well known on Hartlepool’s Headland for being one half of the Carnival King and Queen with his beloved wife of 44 years Margie, passed away peacefully in hospital after an illness.

Today the family of the devoted dad-of-six and granddad-of-13 paid tribute to him saying he was “a true gentleman who always had a joke or a tale to tell”.

His sister-in-law, Joan Green, 58, a retired publican, said: “Harry was a quiet man but he was full of laughter and jokes and he used to entertain everybody.

“He had time for everybody and was very popular.

“He was a doting dad and grandad, he absolutely adored the lot of them.”

She added: “Harry and Margie were the Carnival King and Queen, and they were the perfect pair. They were asked to do it by the Carnival Committee to promote the carnival and they did it for several years.

“They were meant to be. They had the same humour, the same laughter and the same fun.

“They complimented each other, they really did, right until the end.

“He will be missed so much by everyone.”

Harry, a retired scaffolder who also worked at the Steelworks and Steetley, was born on a farm in Greatham Village, Hartlepool.

His family moved to the town to live and it was at the Labour Rooms dance, in Park Road, that he met his sweetheart Margie.

The pair, from Marquis Street, on the Headland, were married on December 28, 1970, at Hartlepool Register Office and lived a happy life bringing up their six children.

“They were an extraordinary couple,” said Joan. “They did everything together and they both made everything fun and laughter.

“Harry was one of a kind.”