Popular carnival is back for a third year

A popular carnival is returning to the streets of Whitley Bay with local businesses being invited to get on board.

Friday, 26th February 2016, 07:45 am
Updated Thursday, 25th February 2016, 08:40 am
The Carnival Parade passes through the streets of Whitley Bay last May. Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis.

Whitley Bay Big Local has confirmed the carnival will return for the third consecutive year with the 2016 theme being Circus.

Carnival artists, musicians and dancers in the town will work with local schools and community groups to create carnival structures and costumes for the event on Saturday, May 28.

Di Meo’s Delaval Ices will sponsor this year’s event and carnival producer Carol Alevroyianni is hoping to secure further funding so more groups can get involved and the event can be extended to include a full day of music and entertainment at the Spanish City Plaza and the Links.

She said: “I am delighted that Whitley Bay Big Local is once again making the carnival possible.

“It has become a real community celebration involving all sorts of people from local school children and their families, music and drama groups and a host of enthusiastic helpers.

“Schools and groups from across the town and beyond are signed up to take part so we have our fingers crossed for further funding from the private sector and arts funding organisations.

“We have big ambitions for this year’s circus themed event and hope to bring a Circus Big Top on to The Links. We are cooking up a few surprises for the start of the parade on Station Road too and by popular demand shuggy boats will be part of our vintage children’s fairground.”

She added: “But the carnival is about so much more than the day itself – the benefits to the town are far reaching.

“It has not only given residents something to get involved in and show off their best bits, it’s something to be proud of and has helped to build skills within the community too.

“Some of those who got involved over the last couple of years have continued to develop their skills; whether in costume making, set design or learning a new instrument the carnival has been a springboard for local some residents to secure employment and training and has given others the confidence to join local music groups.”

Jess Burns, Chair of Whitley Bay Big Local, added: “The beauty of the carnival is that it is an opportunity for so many Whitley Bay community members to come together, from the school children and their families taking part in the procession, to community groups and local businesses.

“The carnival adds to the great calendar of events building up within the town.

“Whitley Bay Big Local is proud to have facilitated the return of this much loved carnival and it’s great to see local residents already taking ownership of it and making it such a success.”

Exact plans for the carnival will be released over the coming months but this year’s event will once again commence at Whitley Bay Metro Station and is expected to parade through the town centre and down on to the seafront.

To find out more about getting involved or the sponsorship opportunities available please contact Carol Alevroyianni at calevroyianni@aol.com, call 07791 169747 or call in at the shop in Park View.

Alternatively visit www.whitleybaybiglocal.co.uk or www.facebook.com/WhitleyBayBigLocal/