Helping to create a carnival spirit

Students from Marine Park First School learning a dance routine for Whitley Bay Carnival with Dance teacher Laura Prince. Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis.

Students from Marine Park First School learning a dance routine for Whitley Bay Carnival with Dance teacher Laura Prince. Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis.

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Children have been getting into the carnival spirit.

Year 3 and 4 pupils at Marine Park First School helped create giant ostriches, black tutus and huge circus animal heads during a special workshop ahead of the Whitley Bay Carnival this Saturday.

Eva Mitchell, nine, and Esther Mitchell, seven, making an Ostrich costume for Whiltey Bay Carnival. Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis.

Eva Mitchell, nine, and Esther Mitchell, seven, making an Ostrich costume for Whiltey Bay Carnival. Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis.

The costumes will be used during the circus themed parade taking place from Whitley Bay Metro Station and the Spanish City Plaza.

Headteacher Stephen Easton said: “It is wonderful that Marine Park First School children and their families have the opportunity to take part, enjoy and contribute to the success of the revitalised Whitley Bay Carnival.

“I am grateful to the organisers as well as Helen Campbell, a teacher at our school, for all their hard work as part of the preparations.

“I am certain that the costumes that the children are making with their parents and the dances they are learning for the parade will help to make the carnival a day to remember.

Students from Marine Park First School learning a dance routine for Whitley Bay Carnival with Dance teacher Laura Prince. Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis.

Students from Marine Park First School learning a dance routine for Whitley Bay Carnival with Dance teacher Laura Prince. Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis.

Year 4 pupil Eva Mitchell, supported by mum Lisa and younger sister Esther, said: “This is the second time I’ve been in the carnival and I can’t wait to wear my ostrich costume that I have been making.

“My mum works so this is the first time she has been able to come in to school and I’ve absolutely loved having her here to help.”

Jack Burn, seven, who watched the carnival last year with his family, said: “I love dressing up and this ostrich costume is amazing. I can’t wait to take part and see my friends who go to other schools in Whitley Bay all dressed up in their costumes.”

Ruby O’Brien, eight, added: “I can’t wait to wear my costume and walk around the town in it.

“I was a flying fish last year but this year’s carnival costume is even better.”

This year hundreds of school children and community group members are expected to take part in the parade with hundreds more local residents helping with the preparations behind the scenes.

All ten of the schools and the community groups taking part in the parade have had the opportunity to work with the professional carnival team to contribute to the lavish costumes and displays.

Carnival producer Carol Alevroyianni added: “The workshops form an integral part of the overall carnival activity; the carnival is about so much more than the day itself, it’s about the community coming together and celebrating all that is good about the town and showing what can be achieved when we work together as a team.

“Thanks to the financial support of Whitley Bay Big Local and Arts Council England, this year’s event will include an impressive line-up of professional street entertainers, musicians and dancers who will be bringing brand new never-before-seen acts to provide the perfect accompaniment to the community’s involvement.

“What better way to showcase the town and attract visitors to come and see the changes that are afoot here in Whitley Bay.”