Dreamscape incident was not the first

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A GIANT inflatable art installation had already moved in wind, been slashed by a vandal and closed down by the weather on many occasions before it blew away killing two mothers, the High Court heard.

County Durham women Claire Furmedge, 38, and Elizabeth Collings, 68, died when disaster struck artist Maurice Agis’s walk-in Dreamspace 5 installation in Chester-le-Street in July 2006.

Their families and numerous other injured victims have already won compensation, but a High Court judge is now being asked to decide who is to blame for the tragedy.

Giles Agis, son of the artist and executive director of Liverpool-based event organisers, Brouhaha International Ltd (BIL), took to the witness box as he fought accusations of Chester-le-Street District Council that BIL was to blame.

He revealed it was not down to BIL, but the artist, to inform Chester-le-Street District Council, which was to be involved in the Dreamspace’s tour, he said.