Carnival club proves a hit with Jarrow youngsters

Young people get busy designing flags for the forthcoming parades.
Young people get busy designing flags for the forthcoming parades.

Carnival fever is alive and kicking at a South Tyneside community centre - thanks to a husband and wife team.

Garner and Sandy Harris’ latest venture has been hailed a success as young people descend on Hedworthfield Community Centre on Fridays.

It’s great to see everyone trying new thinsg and really enjoying themselves.

Garner Harris

The couple, who run the Creative Seed, now host a Carnival Youth Club, giving youngsters the chance to experience the sights and sounds of the carnival.

Activities include costume making led by Kye Harris, Dance by Sarah Shaw and Circus Skill sessions led by Emma Bloomfield.

Garner said: “The sessions are going really well and the number of young people turning up is steadily increasing each week.

“It’s great to see everyone trying new things and really enjoying themselves. The aim of them taking part in the forthcoming parades at Hedworthfield and in South Shields.”

The couple have led on a number of carnival-themed projects over the years since setting up their company.

In the past they have played a big part in the South Tyneside parade injecting a hint of carnival fun into the event with a variety of big and bright colourful costumes.

The Friday sessions start at 5pm and cost £1.

The Creative Seed is a creative production company delivering a range of creative workshops including theatre performances and community carnivals.

For details on Creative Seed CIC, visit or or call Garner 07725267478, Sandy on 07920107479 or Hedworthfield CA on 5196700.