Durham Streets Summer Festival hailed a success

SAW POINT: Space Cowboy shows off his skills in Durham as part of the Streets event.
SAW POINT: Space Cowboy shows off his skills in Durham as part of the Streets event.
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A CELEBRATION of performance was streets ahead as thousands of people flocked to enjoy entertainment.

The eighth annual Durham Streets Summer Festival was held during the bank holiday weekend, with some of the best international street performers taking over the pavements, bridges and squares across Durham.

Double act Garaghty and Thom were named as the Durham BID People’s Choice winners on their first visit to the event in a close public vote.

The pair kept the crowds entertained with their fast-paced juggling, improvised comedy and audience participation. Durham County Council said this year’s festival proved as popular as ever, with an estimated 25,000 people enjoying three days of free performances in Durham City as well as Barnard Castle and Bishop Auckland.

Record numbers attended Sunday’s events in Durham City.

Coun Neil Foster, the council’s cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “It was great to see the crowds embracing the spirit of the Streets festival and really enjoying the performances.

“The festival brings a fantastic atmosphere to the county, and it’s great to see it growing and expanding.”

Other acts performing across the weekend included street clown Pedro, family favourite Maynard Flip Flap and Fatt Matt, who won the Durham Streets People’s Choice Award in 2012 as well as Streets newcomer The Space Cowboy.

The council says it is committed to supporting events and festivals to give the county’s economy a boost.