Carnival is bigger and better as thousands flock to Whitley Bay

Thousands of people joined in the carnival fun as spectacular acts entertained the crowds.

Organisers of the Whitley Bay Carnival have hailed their latest event last Saturday the biggest and best yet, after it was revived last year by Whitley Bay Big Local following a 20 year absence.

Crowds enjoy the Whitley Bay Carnival 2015 on the seafront. 'Pictures by Alex Alevroyiannis and Iain Brown

Crowds enjoy the Whitley Bay Carnival 2015 on the seafront. 'Pictures by Alex Alevroyiannis and Iain Brown

More than 300 school children – including pupils from Marine Park First School, Rockcliffe First School and Marden Bridge Middle School – took to the streets as part of the procession which also featured a host of brightly coloured costumes including flying fish, giant leeks and huge flowers in a tribute to the once-popular flower show.

Sue Miller, chair of Whitley Bay Big Local, said: “Last year’s carnival was so well received by everyone in the town that we just had to do it again.

“So many people came together to make it a fantastic day and it was great to see so many people play a part.

“We have had a huge amount of support to make this possible; from those walking as part of the parade, volunteers to help to make costumes and local businesses whose contributions ensured that we were able to put on a fantastic show and something that Whitley Bay can be truly proud of. It just made everyone smile.”

The level of support that we received demonstrates just how much the people of Whitley Bay value and enjoy the event

Carol Alevroyianni, carnival producer

The carnival celebrated Whitley Bay’s heyday and the crowds were delighted to see some of the town’s popular past events including the Folk Moot, flower show and scooter rally featuring as part of the parade.

Carol Alevroyianni, carnival producer, said: “The level of support that we received demonstrates just how much the people of Whitley Bay value and enjoy the event.

“Everybody who took part in the parade was overwhelmed by the support they received from the crowds that lined the streets and the atmosphere at the Spanish City plaza was incredible.

“It was great to see everyone enjoying the live music, dancing and entertainment and it made for a wonderful day.”