Hartlepool Carnival planned to make triumphant return as lockdown restrictions set to be lifted

Hartlepool Carnival is set to make a triumphant return this summer after being cancelled last year due to Covid.

By Mark Payne
Monday, 5th July 2021, 1:15 pm
Updated Monday, 5th July 2021, 1:16 pm

The event, including Murphy’s Funfair, will bring 10 days of fun, games and community events to the Headland.

Organisers are looking forward to entertaining children and families again after the pandemic meant the event could not go ahead last summer for the first time since the Second World War.

Murphy’s Funfair will bring over 100 rides and attractions to the Town Moor from Thursday, July 29, until parade day on Saturday, August 7.

Murphy's Funfair will return to the Headland's Town Moor from July 29 to August 7.

The Hartlepool Carnival Committee is also planning the usual mix of community events throughout the week and are looking for sponsors and parade float entries.

Funfair operator John Murphy said: “This is the 98th year of the Hartlepool Carnival for us.

"It is one of the main events in our calendar that we go to and I think I speak for all the showmen that we are very pleased to be going back.

"It is a unique event as it is not just a fairground. There is many things and different events going on over the 10 days.”

Community events including a Sand Design competition are set to return in 2021 by Hartlepool Carnival Committee. Seen here in 2019 is judges Arron Boagey (right) and Courteney Thompson (left) with 4-9 section runner up Jackson Cawley aged five.

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After the disappointment of missing out last summer, Murphy’s held a small fair on the Headland in September.

But Mr Murphy, whose family have run the travelling fair for generations, said it was not the same and can’t wait to bring all the white-knuckle rides and stalls back.

The fair is free entry with discounted ride prices and money off coupons.

Hartlepool Carnival Committee also confirmed on its Facebook page: “We are getting lots of enquiries regarding this year and unless the Government change anything the carnival will be happening.”

The committee is looking for sponsors and would be grateful of any support for any of the following events: Best House Design, Best Business Design, Prince and Princess Competition and main parade.

The Best Garden competition is being sponsored by Littlewoods Home improvements, the children’s Sand Design competition by Julie Bone Catering, the Treasure Dig by Keith Gray Roofing, and Talent Competition by the Headland Social Club.

The Cosmopolitan pub is sponsoring the Nutty Slack race.

Sponsors and anyone wishing to enter a float in the parade is asked to message the committee via Facebook or by emailing [email protected]

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