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Whitley Bay Carnival preparations in full swing with schoolchildren helping to create costumes

Whitley Bay is getting ready to party with final preparations under way for this year’s carnival.

The spectacular event will take place this weekend and hundreds of people are expected to attend.

Schoolchildren have been learning dance routines and adding finishing touches to their wild-themed costumes for Saturday’s carnival parade.

In addition, pupils from Marine Park First School have been busy baking cakes to sell in aid of the event, whilst Rockcliffe First School, where children have been making hundreds of flowers and cygnet costumes, provided its school hall so a drumming band could carry out their rehearsals.

Students, children and parents at Rockcliffe first school, Whitley bay who have been making a giant swan thats taking part in the Whitley Carnival
Students, children and parents at Rockcliffe first school, Whitley bay who have been making a giant swan thats taking part in the Whitley Carnival

Lindsay Ford, a teacher at Rockcliffe, said: “We just love carnival time – the preparation is just as exciting as the parade and the event itself.

“The children love to be involved and this year we have 70 children together with their parents taking part.

Students, children and parents at Rockcliffe first school, Whitley bay who have been making a giant swan thats taking part in the Whitley Carnival
Students, children and parents at Rockcliffe first school, Whitley bay who have been making a giant swan thats taking part in the Whitley Carnival

“It is a real community event spanning the generations and helps to instil in our children a real sense of pride for their home town which is such an important part of being a good citizen.”

Businesses in the town have also given their support, with fish and chip shop Pantrini’s sponsoring printed programmes.

Students, children and parents at Rockcliffe first school, Whitley bay who have been making a giant swan thats taking part in the Whitley Carnival
Students, children and parents at Rockcliffe first school, Whitley bay who have been making a giant swan thats taking part in the Whitley Carnival

The celebrations will kick off with a family-friendly ball at 6pm on Friday, which will be themed around Summer of Love 1967.

Then on Saturday, the parade will set off from Whitley Bay Metro station at 11am, and for the first time, will snake through the town centre down Park View before culminating at the Spanish City Plaza at midday.

Students, children and parents at Rockcliffe first school, Whitley bay who have been making a giant swan thats taking part in the Whitley Carnival
Students, children and parents at Rockcliffe first school, Whitley bay who have been making a giant swan thats taking part in the Whitley Carnival

The procession will be greeted by The Big Sing, bringing together choirs from across the region for a special performance on the carnival stage.

From 10am to 6pm, there will be live music and street theatre at the Spanish City Plaza from the likes of The Baghdaddies and the Backyard Rhythm Orchestra, as well as food and drinks stalls and an arts market.

Tickets for Friday’s ball are priced at £10 and whilst they can be purchased on the door, organisers recommend buying them in advance as they are selling out fast.

A full programme schedule can be seen here www.whitleybaycarnival.co.uk

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