Young people from S & N Dance Centre in Billingham couldn’t help but laugh when they were enveloped in a colourful array of balloons as they fundraised for new equipment at Billingham Carnival and Horticultural Show last weekend. With supportive onlookers, they cheerfully collected in The Bullgarth, taking time to enjoy the glorious September sunshine.
This year’s event brought new trade visitors to Billingham, who surprisingly didn’t know we were here, including one attendee who had believed us to be Bellingham in Northumbria! Never mind, they did arrive safely following the Sat Nav and advised us they will definitely come back next year as we are simply fantastic, praise indeed! The judges from the Royal Horticultural Society said that Billingham remains one of the best shows in the RHS calendar, producing outstanding produce and blooms. We had a fantastic selection of entries to the primary schools competition, both for vegetables and in the arts and crafts section in St Cuthbert’s Church Hall, with judges hard pressed to select the winning entries, a huge well done to all who took the time to enter this year’s competition.
Some of the new exhibitors included the Bird’s of Prey from North Yorkshire, where we were informed that ‘Billingham folk are just so nice and polite, everyone is friendly and whether young or old, there was a please and thank you at every turn! ‘
Be proud Billingham – you’re all really nice to know. Britain’s Strongest Man Competition was fierce as ever with some breath taking feats of strength. Tom Shaw was this year’s winner and will go onto the World Finals in the USA. Kenneth Simm came second with John Pollock coming third. Sadly, one of the contestants suffered an injury this year, Matthew Heys competing in the Barrel Lift, slipped and dropped the barrel on his foot. The event medics from Teesside Voluntary Emergency Services were quickly on hand, reassuring Matthew and ultimately helped to transport the casualty to North Tees Hospital after being advised that an ambulance could take up to 5 hours to arrive. We’re pleased to report that Matthew was successfully operated on – steel pins inserted into his toes to enable the broken bones to heal
We know that a lot of the community kept Matthew in prayers during the Sunday evening, we passed on the get well soon messages that poured in and in turn, he has expressed his sincere thanks for all the support and prayers he received, Teesside Voluntary Emergency Services were not the only support at this year’s Carnival – we were overjoyed with the level of community policing, which as the front page shows, had its lighter moments, Cleveland Fire brought one of their tenders on Saturday but following the heavy rains they were called to an road traffic accident. Our uniformed services also included Air Cadets, Royal British Legion – then we had our Hi-Vis staff who helped keep our event running smoothly, including our Health and Safety Advisor, our Care for your Area team and Stockton Borough Council’s events team. All going to prove that there is a lot more going on behind the scenes of any show than you sometimes realise. Billingham Carnival and Horticultural Show is ran wholly by volunteers and genuinely takes a full year to organise, sponsorship being a constant challenge, just having the time to speak to everyone who could be involved
This is a Billingham Legacy Foundation event and, if you are interested in sponsoring any aspect of the 2016 show (10/11th September 2016), or would like to book trade or craft stalls, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Pat on 07770455651 to discuss. Teesside Voluntary Emergency Services support a host of events and providean advisory service enabling them to understand your specific event needs. So, whether you need on site security, fully qualified medics, safety equipment, communications systems please do call and arrange a convenient time to meet and discuss your event needs.
Tel: 0808-2353-999 for details.