STOCKTON’S Riverside will play host to a visual and musical spectacular when the annual fireworks display takes places this Saturday (5 November).
Alongside the fantastic fireworks, there’ll be a roadshow full of entertainment hosted by BBC Tees presenters Gary Philipson and Amy Oakden – including a live performance from Britain’s Got Talent stars The Mimic Men who will dazzle the crowd with a hilarious set of impressions.
Joining the bill is local musician Samantha Durnan and her live band as well as a special performance from the Mill Lane Primary School choir.
The theme of the display is ‘Lost Legends’, which will see a celebration of the works of the iconic music and film artists who have passed away in the last 12 months.
The BBC Tees roadshow gets under way at 6pm, with the main fireworks spectacular starting at 7.30pm.
Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “Every year there are thousands upon thousands of residents and visitors that descend on Stockton to be wowed by the brilliant fireworks spectacular.
“Attending an organised event is a much safer option than hosting your own fireworks display and we’re delighted to be able to welcome in excess of 25,000 people to one of the biggest and best free displays in the country.
“This year is set to be as popular as ever and I’m sure everyone is looking forward to the entertainment roadshow, hosted by BBC Tees, which looks to be great fun and have something for everyone.”
For more information, visit www.stockton.gov.uk/events
Residents and visitors are asked to note that road closures and restrictions will be in place across Stockton including:
ROAD AND FOOTPATH CLOSURES
Princess of Wales Bridge and Council of Europe Boulevard will be totally closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic from 10am until 10pm on Saturday 5 November.
Diversions for traffic wishing to leave Teesdale will be either via Station Road/Yale Crescent, or Harvard Avenue/Princeton Drive towards Teesside Park. Pedestrians who wish to leave Teesdale towards Stockton will ONLY be able to do so via Victoria Bridge, the Millennium Footbridge and Infinity Bridge for such time as the Princess of Wales Bridge is closed.
Please note: both the Infinity and Millennium Footbridges will close to ALL pedestrians between 7.20pm and 7.50pm.
A1305 Riverside Road will be closed to vehicles in both directions between Tower Street and Princess of Wales Bridge from 5pm to 10pm on Saturday 5 November.
A1046 Church Road and North Shore Gyratory between 5pm and 10pm, closure of Church Road (westbound from roundabout with Portrack Lane), North Shore Link, North Shore Road, Commercial Street and Dugdale Street at the roundabout with Portrack Lane/Church Road. Crofton Road will also be closed 5pm to 10pm between Dugdale Street and the entrance to the Vivo housing estate, vehicles wishing to leave Vivo estate must do so by turning right onto Crofton Road.
A1305 Maritime Road Area between 5pm and 10pm, Maritime Road closed between Portrack Lane and A1046 Church Road. Closure of Bath Lane (between Neasham Close and Maritime Road) and Church Road (at its junction with Maritime Road/Gyratory). Vehicles parked in Carrol Street and Mill Street East will not be able to access Maritime Road during the closures.
Bishop Street Area between 6pm and 8.30pm, full closures of Bishop Street, Silver Street, Calverts Lane and Knowles Street. Partial closure of The Square and Thistle Green (south of Municipal Buildings car park / Police Station).
Finkle Street Ramp – the top half of the ramp (Finkle Street to Riverside) will be closed for safety reasons from 5pm to 9pm. The bottom half of the ramp (Riverside to Calverts Lane) will remain open, however, on completion of the firework display (approximately 7.55pm until 8.30pm) – the ramp will become ‘one way’ only, allowing crowd flow up from Riverside towards Calverts Lane.
CAR PARKS AND PARKING BAY CLOSURES
Council of Europe Boulevard lay-bys will be closed from 6pm on Friday 4 November until 10pm on Saturday 5 November.
Riverside car park will be closed from 6pm on Friday 4 November until 8am on Sunday 6 November.
Bishop Street, Silver Street and Calverts Lane on street parking bays will be unavailable from 6am until 10pm on Saturday 5 November.
A1305 Riverside lay-by closures will be in place from 6am until 10pm on Saturday 5 November.
Bishop Street car park will be unavailable from 5pm on Friday 4 November until 11.30pm on Saturday 5 November.