20 June 2024

Rain fails to dampen Carnival spirits

by Rebecca Hannant

Hornsea Carnival has been hailed a huge success despite heavy rainfall over the weekend.

Between Friday, July 21, and Sunday, July 23, thousands of people flocked to the annual event in Hall Garth Park, which opened with the traditional fireworks display.

The Saturday hosted the annual parade through the streets of Hornsea, while the tug-of-war competition returned on Sunday. Fairground rides, stallholders and entertainment were available throughout the weekend.

Audiences at the event arena were enthralled by acts including the Knights of Nottingham, Dangerous Steve and more.

Hornsea Carnival chairman Iain Poole said: “So, as we look back at Hornsea Carnival 2023 and take stock of what 12 months of planning and preparation has yielded, I can say with my hand on heart that, despite mother nature’s insistence on believing we wanted more water, it was a complete success.

“The weather didn’t dampen any spirits, with all traders being very successful and some even selling out of stock, despite the last-minute changearound of locations and cancellations due to the weather.

“These events cannot happen without public support. The team managed to put on and run a successful carnival despite the weather, and the feedback we have received from the wider community has been positive.

“I have to say a lot of comments are truly awe-inspiring – you have no idea what a positive impact simple, kind words like ‘thank you’ and ‘well done’ can do to lift someone’s spirits.”

Iain also thanked his volunteers for their continued efforts to ensure the event went as smoothly as possible.

He said: “I could not be prouder of the team of volunteers we have, nor more amazed at the positive attitude of everyone who attended.

“As always, the team handled everything in their stride. They walked on average 28,000 steps each day and put in 20-hour shifts on some days. For those that don’t know, running this event takes a lot of mental and physical work, but it is rewarding.”

Planning for next year’s event is already under way, and organisers are calling on the community to help raise funds to ensure it goes ahead.

The team’s next focus will be planning the Hornsea Chamber of Trade Christmas lights switch-on, as well as the Hornsea Carnival Santa run. They have also promised that this year they will be offering something new – to find out more, watch their website and social media for more information.

To donate, visit hornseacarnival.org.uk/donations.