A quirky engineer and his eccentric assistant amused shoppers and visitors in Stockton Town Centre yesterday (8 June).
The actors, from theatre company Artizani, entertained passers-by while spending time in the high street “making the final checks” to the Stockton Flyer ahead of its exciting launch on Sunday.
The large industrial looking contraption will gradually emerge from the plinth for the very first time on 12 June as part of a community celebration to mark the Queen’s official 90th birthday.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Norma Wilburn, said: “The unusual characters in the town centre yesterday were certainly a humorous reflection of the fun to come on Sunday.
“The Stockton Flyer is a unique and whimsical creation which commemorates Stockton’s rich industrial heritage in an entertaining and unusual way.
“I urge everyone to join the party in Stockton on Sunday and witness the curious sight of the Flyer rumbling out of the plinth.”
Crowds lining the High Street will wave green flags to signal the machinery to whir into action ahead of a golden lever being released to gradually bring the Flyer whistling and steaming from the plinth.
Community stalwarts, volunteers and carers will be the special guests at an afternoon tea in Stockton Town Centre and there will be picnic benches available for anyone who wants to bring along food and join the party.
The event, which is being held on the same afternoon as the Patron’s Lunch on The Mall in London, will take place between 10.30am and 3pm with the Stockton Flyer set to emerge at around 1pm. There will also be a whole host of free family fun activities including a dog show, a Victorian fairground, a traditional tea dance, Lego workshops, balloon making and street theatre.
The Stockton Flyer will be a permanent attraction which will entertain shoppers and visitors once a day following the 12 June launch.
For full details of the Right Royal Celebration or to see a video of the Stockton Flyer’s creation visit www.stockton.gov.uk/royal
Image shows Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Norma Wilburn with actors playing the roles of the Chief Engineer and his assistant.