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Giant celebrations mark new era for Stockton Town Centre

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

giant eagle

Excitement is building ahead of a spectacular celebration event to mark the completion of the Stockton Town Centre's multi-million pound physical regeneration.

On Saturday 21 March, a huge, majestic eagle will swoop across the town as part of a breath taking piece of street theatre to reveal the stunning new water feature in its garden like setting.

20 young people from Heritage Dance Studio will join the eight metre wide eagle and a giant as part of a magical show by Spanish theatre company, Carros de Foc with Broadchurch and Wolfblood actor, Bill Fellows, taking the voice of the giant.

The intriguing and spectacular show writes a new story for Stockton Town Centre, bringing a giant to the High Street and revealing the magic of the new space.

Following the performance, Leader of Stockton Council, Councillor Bob Cook and Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Barbara Inman, will officially open the new central garden to the public.
The magnificent show will take place as part of a fun-filled celebration event which will be held on the rejuvenated High Street between 10am and 3pm with the main show starting at 1pm.
Leader of Stockton Council, Councillor Bob Cook, said: "We would like everyone to come to the High Street on Saturday so they can see and enjoy first-hand the massive transformation that has taken place over the last two and a half years.  We now have a High Street which is attractive, easy to access and that is home to a whole host of shops and businesses ranging from quirky and unusual independents to well-known high street stores.

"And to complement all of this the High Street has been redesigned in such a way that it can host large scale, nationally acclaimed events which will continue to attract people to our town for many years, benefitting all the shops, businesses and eateries here for many years to come."

Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Barbara Inman, added: "What better way to showcase Stockton Town Centre than with a celebration for all of our residents.  The Carros de Foc performance promises to be impressive and there will be an abundance of other activities to participate in too so I really would encourage everyone to come along and be part of this special day."

Among the many activities being held during the celebrations are puppet-making, face-painting, storytelling, crazy golf, soccer skills, street theatre and live music.

Parking will be free in Wellington Square, the Castlegate Centre and in all Stockton Council owned car parks all day from 10am.

For the full programme and to find out more about the Stockton Town Centre celebration event visit

The full programme of activities is as follows:

Family-friendly activity marquee on the High Street car park. All activities are free.

Facepainting by Faces Galore, 10am - 3pm
Come and have your face painted for free and let our expert facepainters transform you for the day!

Puppet Making, 10am - 3pm
Families will be invited to make their own puppets, led by expert puppet-makers from the Handmade Parade in Hebden Bridge. 

Miniature Gardens with the Nu-Urban Gardeners, 10am - 3pm
The Nu-Urban Gardeners invite you to help them create a series of beautiful mini-gardens in the marquee in response to the new features on Stockton High Street. 

Writer's Block, 10am - 3pm
Writer's Block will provide arts and craft activities for families - and will gather from participants their responses to the new High Street. 

Apollo Arts, 10am - 3pm
Apollo will be delivering a range of creative arts activities including origami, stop frame animation and a filmmaking challenge.

Arripare, 10am - 3pm
A hands-on workshop which will take inspiration from the Arripare artwork outside Castlegate Centre which was created by artist Gayle Chong Kwang.  

Instant Light Storytelling
The story of Instant Light is brought to life with our short story sessions.  Instant Light takes historical truth and weaves through it the magic of the circus to create a mythical version of how SIRF might have been created. 

Sports Activities, various times

Crazy Golf, 10am - 3pm
Orienteering, 10am - 3pm
Hula Fitness, 10am - 1pm
Soccer Skills & Demos, 12pm - 3pm

Dog Show and stalls - Wellington Square from 11am - 12:30pm
Event will be hosted by local business 'Wags and Whiskers'.  Five categories for dogs to compete in and rosettes/prizes will be given out for the winners.

Northern Monkey Brass Band, Georgian Theatre, 11.30am and 2pm
A deeply funky collective of the finest drum and brass players in the North East of England bringing that New Orleans groove to Stockton. 

Bicycle Ballet - Strictly Cycling, High Street, 12pm and 1.45pm
A 'cycle-about' show combining improvisation, choreography and visual performance. 

Stickleback Plasticus - GrandparKour, High Street, 11am, 12:30pm, 2:15pm
The activity or sport of the over 65's moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing.  Pioneers of O.A.P. freerunning, Pat and Dennis arthriticly stumble into the world of urban arts - reinventing parkour for the Stannah generation.

Castlegate Shopping Centre - 10am - 3pm
Carnival craft station where kids can design flags and stand-out headdresses.

HM Bark Endeavour - 10am - 3pm
Heartisan Craft and Vintage Fairs presents their Spring Festival. Showcasing vintage wares, handmade crafts, tasty food and drink all mixed with entertainment.

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