A giant and an enormous, majestic eagle re-launched Stockton Town Centre in spectacular fashion today (21 March).
An amazing piece of street theatre revealed a stunning new water feature in the town's central area.
Leader of Stockton Council, Councillor Bob Cook and Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Barbara Inman officially re-opened the new look Town Centre following its two and a half year multi-million pound regeneration.
The Mayor, said: "Today will be remembered for many years to come by everyone who was lucky enough to be able to visit Stockton. The mesmerising show by Carros de Foc and Stockton's very own Heritage Dance Studio pupils perfectly showcased the versatility of the new water feature and its surrounding seating and planting areas.
"The new water feature is a wonderful addition to Stockton Town Centre which visitors and shoppers will be able to enjoy all year round. We certainly saw it in all its colourful glory today and I would urge anyone who hasn't yet seen it to pop into the town to see how it has transformed the central part of the town."
Councillor Bob Cook added: "Through Stockton Town Centre's regeneration we have been able to create a welcoming and enticing place which is a pleasure to visit.
"Not only is it now easier to visit Stockton thanks to the new car parks that have been created on the High Street, it is also now a much more attractive place with new paving, seating and artworks.
"Every day, you will find something going in Stockton Town Centre, whether it's markets, events, great shopping in a diverse range of independent shops or fantastic cultural experiences offered by Arc, the Georgian Theatre and other venues as well as sports and leisure activities available at Splash and watersports on the River Tees. By bringing all these experiences together in one town centre, we are creating a visitor destination which is something very different to other town centres so we are in a much stronger position to maintain and increase visitors and shoppers - helping to secure the Town Centre's future for all."
Visitors to Stockton Town Centre today also enjoyed a host of family-fun activities ranging from puppet-making and face-painting to storytelling, crazy golf, street theatre and live music.
Photograph: Stockton Borough Council Mayor: Councillor Barbara Inman, Mayor's Consort: Councillor Jim Beall, Leader of The Council: Councillor Bob Cook.