Search is on for carnival musicians

Whitley Bay Carnival The Baghdaddies close the carnival performances last year. 'Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis
Whitley Bay Carnival The Baghdaddies close the carnival performances last year. 'Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis

Musicians are being sought to help ensure a carnival hits the right notes.

Organisers of the Whitley Bay Carnival are appealing for brass and woodwind players to join this year’s parade to create the town’s own street band.

This is a great opportunity for band members or those who enjoy playing their instruments

Jessica Burns, local resident and Whitley Bay Big Local board member

The band – made up of all ability levels and ages – will perform a number of musical pieces at the event on May 23.

Jessica Burns, local resident and Whitley Bay Big Local board member, said: “This is a great opportunity for band members or those who enjoy playing their instruments but might not normally have the chance to perform as part of a band to come along and help create something really special.

“It doesn’t matter how good you are or whether you have previously been a member of a group or this would be the first time that you have played in public, just come along.”

Anyone interested should contact Carol Alevroyianni via calevroyianni@aol.com or 07791 169747.

The carnival was revived last year by Whitley Bay Big Local after a 20 year absence and this year’s event aims to be bigger and better than ever with the community playing a key role in ensuring it is once again a huge success for the seaside town.

Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets to take part in the colourful procession which will start at Whitley Bay Metro station and finish at The Spanish City plaza where live music and street performers will be entertaining the crowds.

Local schools, drama groups and bands have already signed up to join in but organisers are urging anyone keen to get involved to get in touch.

Carnival producer Carol Alevroyianni added: “This is a real community event and there are opportunities there for anyone who wants to be part of it.

“Whether you want to lend a hand at making bunting to be displayed in the town’s shops, make costumes for the carnival or take part in the carnival procession itself, we would love to have you on board.”

Brass or woodwind players keen to be part of Bay Brass, the Whitley Bay Carnival street band, should take their instrument along to the weekly rehearsals happening each Saturday between 11am and 12.30pm at New Prospects on South Parade.

More details on the carnival are at www.whitleybaybiglocal.co.uk