A specially commissioned poster has been unveiled to help promote the Whitley Bay Carnival.
Preparations are in full swing for the event, with the colourful poster to appear in shop windows and on noticeboards throughout the town.
The poster, designed by Richard Broderick, has been inspired by the carnival’s ‘Circus’ theme and features a Big Top tent and performing elephant against a backdrop of Whitley Bay’s Spanish City Dome, where most of the day’s entertainment will take place.
Only 300 posters are being produced, which organisers hope could become collector’s items.
Creative producer Carol Alevroyianni said: “Last year, artist Jyl Friggens created an original painting from which, with the help of local designer Cathy Sharp, we produced a poster for the carnival that echoed the style of the much loved old railway posters of the town.
“Only a handful of these posters were produced and we were inundated with requests from people – from Cumbria to London – who wanted to get hold of one as a souvenir of the event, as well as from those living and around Whitley Bay who wished to send copies to friends and relatives abroad.”
Each year the organisers plan on commissioning a different local artist to design the carnival poster with only a limited number being printed.
Carol added: “The posters will be displayed by each of our sponsors, in shop windows and businesses and throughout the town, in schools and on community notice boards to help build up excitement in the run up to the day.
“Anyone wishing to buy a copy will be able to do so at the carnival – but with only 100 being made available for sale people will have to be quick if they want to get one.”
Whitley Bay Big Local is again supporting the event and this year organisers have also secured substantial financial backing from Arts Council England and vital sponsorship from several local businesses.
More than 800 people including school children, Guide and Scout groups, dance troupes and musicians will take part in the parade on Saturday, May 28. It will set off from Whitley Bay Metro Station and make its way down to the Spanish City Plaza where a line-up will include street theatre, live music, circus hi-jinks, delicious street food and will culminate in the town’s first ever Carnival Ball.
Carol added: “We are aiming to make the carnival even bigger and better this year, but it is about so much more than just the day itself.”
“The carnival helps to bring the community together through getting involved in the preparations, lending a hand to make costumes and props, talking part in the parade or simply coming down to line the streets and enjoy a fantastic day of fun.”
Copies of this year’s poster, along with a handful of last year’s, will be on sale in the Spanish City Plaza on the day itself priced at £10 each.
Sponsors of this year’s Whitley Bay Carnival include Di Meo’s, Delaval Ices, Pantrini’s, T&J Leisure, The Whitley Whaler, East Coast Taxi’s, Tyne Idols, The Venetian, Rutherford Wilkinson Ltd, Lighthouse Guest House and the News Guardian.
Invaluable support is also being received from Northumbria Water, Tynemouth Community Fire Station and North Tyneside Council.