BACK AGAIN: Action from Middleton carnival before the Covid crisis struck
BACK AGAIN: Action from Middleton carnival before the Covid crisis struck

CARNIVAL festivities in upper Teesdale are back after a two year break due to the pandemic.
Organisers of Middleton-in-Teesdale carnival have pulled out all the stops, putting on a packed programme of events, many of which are free to enter, for the first since the pandemic hit. Bunting is being hung through the village and carnival committee members are hoping residents will get into the party spirit, decorating their homes, gardens and windows in preparation for the big day on Saturday, August 6.
As well as the best decorated house competition there will be a decorated shop window trail where you’ll need to figure out “what’s wrong”, a car treasure hunt, quiz and cycle races.
Ex-England footballer Dave Thomas and his wife Brenda will officially open this year’s carnival at a special crowning ceremony on Friday, August 5, at the sports and social club.
Skye Crawford will be crowned 2022 carnival queen, along with Lilia Hodgson and Sydney Mitchell who missed out when events had to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.
Middleton-in-Teesdale’s procession starts at 12.45pm at Alston Road and wends its way through the village finishing at the school field where there will be activities including trampolines, children’s rides and swing boats as well as traditional games and market and craft stalls, birds of prey and a dog show.
Organisers are anticipating a good turnout of fancy dress entries, which has a top prize of £100 for floats and £15 for walkers, after the enforced two-year break.
Anyone wishing to enter a float is asked to let organisers know before the event. However, information on who is entering a float and the details of the theme will be kept secret until the big day.
Contact Eileen Dent on 07875 778265.