Carnival aims to be bigger and better as it marks town’s heyday

Whitley Bay Carnival May 2014.'Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis.
Whitley Bay Carnival May 2014.'Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis.

Preparations are well underway for a popular event returning to Whitley Bay.

The Whitley Bay Carnival will return to the town’s streets on Saturday, May 23, and organisers Whitley Bay Big Local are hoping it will be bigger and better.

The once much loved annual event made a successful comeback last year after a hiatus of more than 20 years.

And the community partnership has once again committed to bring music, dancing and colourful costumes.

To celebrate the history of the event, this year’s carnival theme will be ‘Whitley Bay’s heyday’.

The procession is expected to showcase more than an nod to nostalgia, with reference to some of the town’s popular past events including the Folk Moot, flower show and scooter rally. Whitley Bay Big Local have been researching the origins of the carnival and is now appealing for any information, old photos and footage that it can use as part of this year’s event.

This year’s carnival will build on the success of last year and we hope even more people get involved.

Jess Burns, Whitley Bay Big Local

Anyone with such material is asked to call in to the Whitley Bay Big Local Pop up shop at 82 Park View – open 10am to 1pm every Saturday – or email volunteer@whitleybaybiglocal.co.uk

Schools in the town are getting involved again with Rockliffe and Marine Park first schools making carnival costumes.

Plans are underway for more events to take place at the end of the procession which will once again finish at The Spanish City Piazza.

Jess Burns, local resident and Whitley Bay Big Local board member, said: “This year’s carnival will build on the success of last year and we 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 bunting or volunteering as marshalls on the day, we really want to hear from you.

“This year we are also looking for more extrovert members of the community who would like to carry the bigger carnival structures.

“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.”