Outdoor fashion show and music to celebrate Durham’s new-look Market Place

An open-air fashion show in Durham's market Place helped keep Bank Holiday visitors entertained as the models paraded the catwlak in a variety of high street fashions...
An open-air fashion show in Durham's market Place helped keep Bank Holiday visitors entertained as the models paraded the catwlak in a variety of high street fashions...
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A CATWALK fashion show, music and singers took a step back in time to help showcase Durham’s revamped Market Place.

The dull weather failed to dampen spirits as people flocked to the celebrations, which marked the recent £5million Market Place makeover.

As part of the re-style, the statue of former coal owner the Marquess of Londonderry was moved from the centre to the southern end of the square.

Benches and other street furniture were also moved to enable the square to be used as a public events venue.

This week, the space was put to use when people gathered to watch an 80s-influenced extravaganza.

Models strutted their stuff on the catwalk wearing clothes available from three stalls in the centre, with 10 per cent of the sales going to Durham-based St Cuthbert’s Hospice.

The Market Place was also brought to life with singing from 80s crooner Kris Atkins and break-dancing from The Wrecking Crew.

And the National Youth Orchestra wowed the crowd with a stunning performance.

Colin Wilkes, managing director of Durham Markets, said: “The new-look market place means we can attract performers like the National Youth Orchestra.

“The theme with the fashion show and the entertainers has been 80s retro and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves.

“These are the types of events we want to stage in the market place.”

Despite the overcast skies failing to keep people away from the Market Place, an Easter fun fair at The Sands, in Durham, remained quiet with just a handful of families braving the weather.

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