Ready for parade

Headland Carnival Parade
Headland Carnival Parade

HEADLAND carnival organisers are hoping Hurricane Bertha does not rain on their parade this weekend.

Forecasters are keeping an eye on the tropical storm which could hit the UK from the Caribbean.

But carnival organisers are keeping their fingers crossed it stays away as crowds are expected to turn out for a mix of events, including Saturday’s big parade.

The procession starts from 4pm at the Town Square and will feature decorated floats, jazz and pipe bands, stilt walkers, a New Orleans band and Mod scooters.

Before that is the traditional Nutty Slack Race at 3pm starting at the Victoria Arms.

Cyclists will also saddle up for two races between 1.30pm and 2.15pm from the Town Square.

On Sunday afternoon, it is down top the Fish Sands when 14 crafts will take to the water in the Raft Race.

People will be entertained throughout the afternoon by five live bands outside the Harbour of Refuge pub.

They are The Mad Hatters, Thomas Bainbridge, Silver Machine, Fat Bob and headliners the Ultraphonics.

They will perform in the pub if wet.

Mick Gant, of the carnival committee, said: “The whole carnival has gone great.

“I haven’t been able to attend all the events but from the photos I have seen and the feedback they have gone down really well.

“Although we are all volunteers on the committee it has been run on a lot more professional basis this year.

“We are just asking people to keep their fingers crossed for nice weather on Saturday and Sunday.”

The title of Carnival Princess will be crowned today at the Victoria Arms between 1pm-3pm.

It is open to girls aged 11-16 and there are cash prizes for the top three places.

Tomorrow afternoon, the judging of the best dressed homes and businesses will take place.

And tomorrow night, The Cosmopolitan pub will hold a charity wax night in aid of the Great North Air ambulance.