Support is growing to make carnival bigger and better

Performers at last year's Whitley Bay Carnival. 'Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis
Performers at last year's Whitley Bay Carnival. 'Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis

Businesses are signing up in their droves to back a popular event which made its return last year.

Whitley Bay Carnival – organised by Whitley Bay Big Local – has received the backing of Browell Smith & Co, Mike Brannigan Gardening Services, Dicksons, T&D Leisure, Di Meo’s The Ventian, Berkley Tavern and more.

The event on Saturday, May 23, will celebrate the theme of ‘Whitley Bay’s heyday’.

Jessica Burns, local resident and Whitley Bay Big Local board member, said: “Following the success of last year’s event, we have been delighted by the offers of support that we have received from businesses as well as the many local residents and volunteers.

“There are a number of ways in which businesses can become involved from sponsoring the live entertainment stage to supporting the number of art workshops to backing one of the many local music and dance groups.”

“Shops involved are also looking to decorate their windows which will add to the carnival feel throughout the town.”

Last year saw the return of the popular Carnival after a 20 year absence thanks to efforts by the Whitley Bay Big Local partnership to reinstate the much loved occasion in response to calls from the public.

Hundreds of people lined the streets to watch the colourful procession and enjoy a festival of music and dancing at The Spanish City Plaza next to the Dome which this year will again mark the end of the route and play host to a series of live events and entertainment.

Jessica added: “Bringing back the Carnival was very much something that the people of the town were clear that they wanted to see.

“Whilst Whitley Bay Big Local was instrumental in facilitating its return, the success was undoubtedly down to the efforts and contributions that every single person made – whether that was walking in the procession, entertaining the crowds or simply coming out to enjoy a great day – and without whom we wouldn’t be able to stage such an event.”

This year’s Carnival will once again feature children from local schools including Rockcliffe and Marine Park first schools and the procession will reflect upon some of the town’s most popular past events including the Folk Moot, flower show and scooter rally.

There are still opportunities available for businesses keen to support the carnival, be it with financial sponsorship, getting involved in the procession itself or volunteering on the day.

Anyone interested in becoming involved should contact carnival organiser Carol Alevroyianni at calevroyianni@aol.com or 07791 169747 or call in at the Whitley Bay Big Local shop on Park View.