THERE were thrills and spills galore as a popular annual funfair rolled into town.
The Headland Carnival opened yesterday bringing some fun and colour despite the murky grey skies which greeted it.
But the drab weather did not put off the dozens of youngsters and their parents who flocked to the annual fair to enjoy the thrills and spills on offer.
The Mail sent Ganesh Rao along to try out some of the rides, and he says families are in for a treat over the next 10 days.
Ganesh said: “There is a great selection of rides, some are really scary and I now know whey they are described as white-knuckle!
“But there is something for everyone at the Headland, I’m sure everyone will have a great time.”
Ceremonial Mayor of Hartlepool, Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, officially opened the much-anticipated event after a grand music and dance display from the Hartlepool Hawks cheerleaders.
Coun Akers-Belcher said he was delighted to be opening the traditional carnival, which is one of the largest in the North-East.
He said Hartlepool “should be proud”.
“It’s a bit of a tradition for the mayor to come down and open the carnival and I’m so pleased to be here,” he told the Mail.
“The showmen and the Headland Carnival committee always do a fantastic job of pulling this together.”
He added: “I think the carnival is a good opportunity for people to come together.
“One of the things I find is that the showmen who come to Hartlepool have a good connection with Hartlepool and the people here, and for a lot of them it’s like coming home every year.
“They have such a good relationship with the people of the town.
“It’s a fantastic event and one of the largest carnivals in the North-East of England and it’s so great that this is put together every year for the people of Hartlepool.”
There were numerous rides to choose from including the waltzers, carousels, and other faster more belly-flipping attractions, a modern ride called Jungle Madness, as well as bouncy castle, a helter skelter and trampolines.