Whitley Bay Carnival will be plastic free

Whitley Bay Carnival is going plastic free as the carnival bar supplied by the Cumberland Arms will be serving drinks in biodegradable and compostable non plastic glasses.
Whitley Bay Carnival is going plastic free as the carnival bar supplied by the Cumberland Arms will be serving drinks in biodegradable and compostable non plastic glasses.

A popular carnival will be plastic-free for the first time.

Organisers of Whitley Bay Carnival have been working with Ouseburn’s Cumberland Arms to ensure drinks will be served across the two days in biodegradable glasses.

Street performers at last year's Whitley Bay Carnival. Picture by Iain Brown.

Street performers at last year's Whitley Bay Carnival. Picture by Iain Brown.

It is part of the town’s commitment to be a plastic-free zone.

Carol Alevroyianni, of organisers SALTo Arts, said: “Hundreds of children will be dancing the mile long carnival parade route through the town on May 26 and by the end of it everyone will be hot and thirsty.

“We usually supply pallets of bottled water for the promenaders but this year it seemed inappropriate to be creating a mountain of empty plastic bottles when Whitley Bay has ambitions to be plastic free.”

Jo Hudson, of the Cumberland Arms, said: “We were meeting at the carnival site to talk about which local ales we would be selling during the carnival when the issue about plastic came up and as we are already there and using biodegradable glasses it seemed a good idea for us to sort out giving away free glasses of water on the site.

“Promenaders will be able to keep their glasses and come back for a refill.”

The craft ale bar will be back and featured brewers will include Cullercoats, Northern Alchemy and Allendale alongside a fruit punch, all with no straws.

Street food on offer will include Crab and Waltzer pancakes with a range of options to compliment the offer at the nearby cafes and restaurants such as sponsors Di Meos, The Whitley Whaler, The Venetian, Pantrinis, and Relish.

For more information check out the web site www.whitleybaycarnival.co.uk or join the facebook group whitleybaycommunitycarnival