Town’s heyday is carnival’s theme

Thousands of people lined the streets last year as Whitley Bay Carnival parade made its way from Whitley Bay Metro station to the dome plasa on the sea front. 'Picture By Alex Alevroyiannis.
Thousands of people lined the streets last year as Whitley Bay Carnival parade made its way from Whitley Bay Metro station to the dome plasa on the sea front. 'Picture By Alex Alevroyiannis.
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A carnival which enjoyed a successful relaunch last year is set to make a return to the streets of Whitley Bay.

Organisers of the Whitley Bay carnival – which had been missing from the town for more than 20 years – will be back again on Saturday, May 23.

Whitley Bay Big Local volunteers ensured the event was a hit last year and they are already planning the music, dancing and colourful costumes for this year.

The theme of the 2015 carnival will be ‘Whitley Bay’s heyday’ and the procession is expected to reference some of the town’s popular past events including the Folk Moot, flower show and scooter rally.

Carnival organisers will be working with local schools and community groups to help generate ideas and create costumes.

Carol Alevroyianni, carnival organiser, said: “We were somewhat taken aback last year by the overwhelming level of support we received.

“We expect this year’s carnival to build on the success and hope even more people get involved.

“So if you are a member of a group or organisation and would like to get involved, be it taking part in the procession, helping to make costumes or volunteering on the day, we really want to hear from you.”

Anyone who wants to get involved should visit the Whitley Bay Big Local Shop in Park View, Whitley Bay.

Carol added: “We are also looking for individuals who are not part of a group to join in and as part of our nod to days gone by, we will be searching for the Whitley Bay Carnival King and Queen to lead the procession.”

Sue Miller, volunteer chair of Whitley Bay Big Local, said: “Following the phenomenal success of last year’s event we were really keen to host another town carnival and in planning our activity for this year, this was very much top of the list.

“The beauty of the carnival is that it touches so many people in the town, from the school children and their families taking part in the procession, the local community groups to the local businesses benefitting from the extra footfall.

“Whilst this year’s carnival theme is Whitley Bay’s heyday, the day will most certainly pay tribute to some of the fantastic events and activities that take place today too.

“The carnival adds to the exciting calendar of events already planned for the town which are organised throughout the year by a number of hard working voluntary organisations who work hard to make Whitley Bay a place to be proud of – we are very fortunate to have such a committed bunch of people within the town.”

Exact plans for the procession are still being drafted but the carnival will once again arrive at the Dome piazza where a host of music and street entertainment will be on offer.

Whitley Bay Big Local is funding the event, but organisers are looking for additional financial support from local businesses and organisations in order to help them to engage with the wider community and ensure they can provide the support they may need to get involved.