Pupils from a Stockton dance school are preparing to take part in a spectacular performance to mark the completion of Stockton Town Centre's physical regeneration.
On Saturday 21 March 20 young people from Heritage Dance Studio will join a huge eagle and a giant on the High Steet as part of a magical show by Spanish Theatre Company, Carros de Foc.
Leader of Stockton Council, Councillor Bob Cook and the Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Barbara Inman will then officially open the new central garden, the final area to be completed as part of the multi-million pound regeneration scheme.
The young dancers, who are aged between six and 14, will perform in the town's new central garden space alongside an 11 metre tall giant before an eight metre wide eagle swoops down to reveal a stunning new water feature.
Councillor Bob Cook, said: "I'm delighted these young people have an opportunity to be involved in this wonderful event to celebrate the completion of our new-look town centre. The creation of practical, flexible and multi-purpose spaces means we can now accommodate large scale events like this for our communities and visitors to experience.
"Not only does the new central garden improve the appearance of the town, it also makes it a much more welcoming and enticing place to visit as shoppers and visitors alike can sit down, enjoy the water feature and take a break from the usual hustle and bustle of a busy town centre.The rejuvenated high street is now a place people will want to visit, not just to shop, but also to sample the many specialist markets, events, eating out and leisure opportunities too.
"Everyone living in and around Stockton is invited to the Town Centre on 21 March. From arts and crafts to live music, a visit from Welly the Elephant and even a dog show, there will be something for everyone as well as plenty of opportunities to explore the town's many shops and eateries."
Parking will be free in Wellington Square, the Castlegate Centre and in all Stockton Council owned car parks all day from 10am.
To find out more about the full programme of activities planned for Saturday 21 March visit www.rediscoverstockton.co.uk