Street festival hailed a success

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A FESTIVAL was today hailed a success by the organisers.

Thousands of people were treated to fun, laughter, daring and music as the Durham Streets Summer Festival took over the city.

Circle Shows took place in Millennium Place and the Market Square, with acts such as Herbie Treehead, a performer from Consett, and Jaardu, with a cobra-choosing-card trick.

Festival-goers were encouraged to reward the performances by dropping money into the hat and to choose their favourite act of the weekend by making their selection on a voting form.

The eventual winner was Fat Matt.

Not at all fat, Matt demonstrated amazing feats of balance, bizarre magic and peculiar body contortions.

Trained by Chinese and Russian masters, Fat Matt was able to juggle and play the ukulele simultaneously while standing on his head.

Kate James, festivals and events manager for Visit County Durham, said: “We’ve had 1,000 people in the Cathedral and thousands more over the weekend enjoying the free street performances around the city centre.

“This hasn’t been the greatest summer for weather, but it takes a lot to dampen the spirits of people and we’ve been really pleased with the turnout.

“Now, as with all annual events we’ll turn our attention to making sure that 2013 will be just as good a year for Streets, we’ll aim to make it even better.”