Thousands to flock to Whitehaven for annual carnival

By Rachael Grealish

Last year’s carnival Queen waving to all of her enthusiastic subjects in Whitehaven -Photo by Robert Haile

Last year’s carnival Queen waving to all of her enthusiastic subjects in Whitehaven
-Photo by Robert Haile

THOUSANDS are expected to flock to Whitehaven, as the Carnival returns for another year.

Organised by the Whitehaven & District Lions Club, the annual Whitehaven Carnival will take place on Saturday July 2.

The day promises to be a fun-filled day, showcasing local youth talent to raise money for various charities and organisations.

The carnival expects to draw more than 15,000 people in to Whitehaven for the day.

During the parade you can expect to see fun and lively dance troupes, schools and community groups.

The carnival, which has been going for 20 years, has two parts to it: the parade and Castle Park.

Led by Copeland Council’s Chairman (Councillor Peter Tyson) and Past President Lion Esther Clements, the parade of floats, dancers, walking characters, street entertainers and band will set off at 1.30pm from New Road in Whitehaven.

The route passes the old bus station, along George Street, Upper Church Street, Duke Street along Scotch Street, then Irish Street to West Strand and Strand Street before turning into Lowther Street, aiming to reach Castle Park by 3pm.

Castle Park will provide a platform for a range of voluntary and charitable organisations to provide information about and raise funds for their own groups and there will be the usual range of funfair, food and Hartley’s ice cream.

Eric Urquhart, publicity officer for Whitehaven & District Lions Club, said: “Every year it’s a wonderful feeling, once you get past the bus station and you get to Tangier Street, to see a sea of people cheering those in the parade on. We have our fingers crossed for nice weather as it’s not only a chance to showcase local talent, but the events in Castle Park are an opportunity for other organisations to show what they have to offer.”