Olympic-style parade for Seaham carnival

Even a police car from L.A. was among the displays at Seaham Carnival..
Even a police car from L.A. was among the displays at Seaham Carnival..
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AN Olympic-style parade and a host of performances wowed the crowds at Seaham Carnival.

The 29th annual event saw live music broadcast to crowds on a giant TV by the main stage.

Country and Western band Rootin’ Tootin’ were one of a host of acts performing yesterday.

Mayor of Seaham, Councillor Sue Morrison, said the “Street TV” had been a great success.

It made its debut on Friday evening, when crowds gathered on the grass to watch the dramatic opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.

As well as music and dance, carnival-goers enjoyed fairground rides, a host of stalls, falconry and dog displays.

Children dressed as gymnasts and martial arts competitors took part in an Olympic-theme fancy dress competition.

Tiny torchbearers Amy and Sophie Kerrigan, aged two and four, from Seaham, joined the parade with mum Joanne.

She said the sisters, who go to St Mary Magdalene Nursery in the East Durham town, were excited about their part in the event, adding: “It is really nice to do something like this as part of the whole community.”

Visitors to the carnival braved a mix of bright sunshine and heavy showers to see about 25 acts perform on two stages.

l For more carnival pictures turn to Page 20.