The 1st Hornsea Carnival took place on the 22nd and 23rd July 1967. There was a procession of decorated floats and fancy dress which the Holderness Gazette stated as a mile long. Coulson Builders produced the best float. There were events in Hall Garth Park and an estimated 10 thousand people attended.
On Sunday the emphasis moved to the sea front with a treasure hunt and sand castle competition. During the afternoon the North Cliff Boating and Water Skiing Club mounted an invasion of the beach with the defence being in the hands of members of the Hornsea Sunday Youth Club. It was estimated that there were 20 thousand spectators. The Carnival ended with a dance in the Floral Hall
In 1968 on the Friday there was a torchlight procession, bonfire and Hawaiian BBQ with dancing to The Blue Circle on the sea front. On Saturday, 42 floats together with children in fancy dress and decorated bicycles took part in the Carnival procession. The best float was by the residents of Ashcourt Drive, whose theme was The Old Woman who lived in the Shoe. In Hall Garth Park the main attraction was “It’s a Knock Out”.
In 1969 similar events took place to the previous year, but the biggest attraction was “Tanis” the baby elephant. The main event in the Park was a piano smashing competition!!
In 1970 Joan Wadsworth of Hornsea was chosen as Carnival Queen by non other than David Hamilton and Tony Blackburn, (how times change, I don’t know if Radio 1 knows where Hornsea is now)
Since then the Carnival has run very successfully with few changes. One of the most memorable Carnivals in recent years was when the Red Arrows gave a spectacular display on the seafront, unfortunately funds have not allowed us to have a return visit.
As far as I can recall, the only time the Carnival has had to be cancelled was 2007 and 2012 when heavy and prolonged rain flooded Hall Garth Park.
Although many Committee members have come and gone, they always remain very dedicated and give time and experience freely. Long may it continue.
All Hornsea Carnival events will take place in Hall Garth Park, which is situated off Newbegin, via Cinema Street.
Sat Nav: HU18 1PA
Nearest car parks are Broadway/Leisure Centre, Sands Lane and Hornsea Burton Road.
Atwick Road, Market Place, Newbegin, New Road, Marine Drive, Little Eastgate and New Road closed from midday on
21st July until the parade has ended.