Community carnival has the Wow factor

WINNER: Ryhope Community Carnival.
WINNER: Ryhope Community Carnival.
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A COMMUNITY carnival is growing constantly - and one of its organisers has put it partly down to success in our What’s On Where Awards.

Ryhope Community Carnival won the Community of the Year honour at the 2014 awards held at the Best Western Roker Hotel.

Paula Hunt, a volunteer and events officer with the carnival, collected the trophy. Judges decided the carnival organisers deserved the award for the success of last year’s carnival, which pulled in hundreds of visitors.

They got to enjoy a huge range of attractions, including free entertainment, face painting and bouncy castle for the children.

Paula, who is also the community development worker for Ryhope Community Association, said: “We were ecstatic to win an award, but I put it down to all the volunteers who contributed to making this such a fantastic success.

“It was recognition for all their hard work and the awards night itself was a fantastic evening.

“We held the carnival again this year and it was even bigger and better this year. It was great. The awards had given recognition to all the volunteers and that in itself gave even more momentum to the carnival.”

More than 200 people gathered at last year’s event called the Sunderland Echo Excellence Awards 2014, held in association with weekly entertainments guide, WOW 24/7. The event, which celebrated entertainment and leisure across Sunderland and East Durham, was held in February this year.

But now, we are back on the search for entrants for this year’s contest.

There is plenty of time to put forward your favourites as the deadline for entries is February 5, next year.

We will be revealing the winners on February 26 in a glittering finale at The Best Western Roker Hotel.

It’s only the second time we have held the awards and we want to build on the success of last year’s great inaugural competition.

That’s where you come in. We want you to nominate you favourites in each of the categories listed on this page.

We want to find the successors to those fantastic winners and we need your nominations.

So whether you are a clubber, pubber, shopper, theatre goer, or diner, we want you to get involved.

Send in your entries and put your favourites in the running. And if there’s more than one cause that you love, put them all in the running and make the judges job really hard.

It’s easy to nominate. Either fill in the form on this page or go online and enter at the Sunderland Echo website at