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Young and old set for the return of carnival

Children from Marine Park First School Year 2 with Ice Cream Sundae and Sweet hats they have made for the Whitley Bay Carnival Parade. 
Left to right: Jake Johnson, William Brownlees, Charlotte Williams, Jonathan Broomfield and Kian Kennedy. 
Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis.

Children from Marine Park First School Year 2 with Ice Cream Sundae and Sweet hats they have made for the Whitley Bay Carnival Parade. Left to right: Jake Johnson, William Brownlees, Charlotte Williams, Jonathan Broomfield and Kian Kennedy. Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis.

Organisers of a newly revived town carnival are looking for marshals and umbrella twirlers to take part.

The first street carnival in Whitley Bay for more than two decades will hit the streets on Monday, May 26, and organisers need volunteer marshals and anyone with white umbrellas to come forward for ‘New Orleans-style’ twirling.

The carnival, devised by Whitley Bay Big Local Partnership, aims to reinvent the once popular annual town celebration.

Children from the Gillian Quinn Dance School plus drum and brass bands will parade from Whitley Bay Metro station to the Dome.

Pupils at Rockcliffe First, Marine Park First and Marden Bridge Middle schools have created their own costumes while Whitley Bay High School students are working with Vamos Mardi Gras dancers.

There will be stalls, food and entertainment at the Dome, as well as exhibitions and ‘meet the expert’ opportunities.

Organiser and resident Carol Alevroyianni said: “The carnival was one of the things residents talked about most when we asked what they would like to see happen in Whitley Bay.

“Years ago it was a bit of a competition attracting floats from across the borough and sponsorship from local business. This carnival is more of a ‘feet on the streets’ event and we hope that people will be inspired to join in.”

Anyone interested in being a marshal should email calevroyianni@aol.com

Umbrella twirlers should be at Whitley Bay Metro station at 11.15am.

The procession will start at 11.30am and arrive at the Dome at 12.45pm, where the event will go on until 5pm.

Carol added: “Of course we hope it becomes an annual event in the calendar which can grow and grow as more people get involved.

“This is something that everyone can get involved in and feel they belong to this vibrant creative community.

“It is a real home grown celebration and we hope it will provide a great platform to unveil the first visual interpretation of how Whitley Bay might look if we all made a few small changes.

“We are still short of marshals and umbrella twirlers for the parade - no experience or skills necessary for either role but volunteers will need white shoes, blue jeans and white t-shirts.”

 

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