Bondi Beach heads to Chester-le-Street as Ashes fever hits Wearside

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G’DAY, mate! Fancy going to a bonzer beach party?

Bondi Beach is on its way to Chester-le-Street as Ashes fever hits the County Durham town.

Six tonnes of sand, giant deckchairs, sand sculptures and seaside entertainment will transform Market Place into the coast as part of celebrations to welcome the 80,000 fans arriving to watch England take on Australia.

The carnival atmosphere, stretching from the town centre to Riverside Park, comes complete with live music, stilt walkers, face painting, Punch and Judy, vintage car displays and street theatre. It has been organised by Chester-le-Street and District Area Action Partnership, Durham County Cricket Club and the town’s business association.

Joyce Roberts, chairman of Chester-le-Street Business Association, said: “This is a one-off opportunity to showcase the town to a worldwide audience, benefit local retailers and give residents and visitors a good time.”

The four-day fun and games coincide with the start of the match on Friday, August 9, and run until Monday, August 12.

The vintage vehicles, supplied by Beamish Museum, roll into town on the Sunday.