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CHILDREN from a Darlington school are amongst the first of six groups to put their best foot forward during a dance workshop to launch the Festival of Thrift’s school outreach programme.

Organisers behind the Festival have teamed up with Dance City and Folk Dance Remixed to launch its outreach programme at Corporation Road Primary School.

Across the summer, the outreach programme will work with 180 school children from six local schools, as they prepare for a grand performance at this year’s Festival of Thrift to celebrate the 190th anniversary of the world’s first steam passenger train, which travelled between Stockton and Darlington in 1825.

The performance will see an exciting mix of traditional English folk dancing fused with hip hop. The first performance will take place in Darlington Town Centre on Friday 25 September 2015, and the children will also be performing at the annual Festival of Thrift which returns to Lingfield Point in Darlington on Saturday 26 September 2015 and Sunday 27 September 2015.

The popular Festival is a free day out for the whole family and aims to show people how reusing, recycling and upcycling can be fun, saving them money and benefitting the environment at the same time.

Festival director, Stella Hall, said: “Our school outreach programme is an exciting opportunity for local school children to play an important part in this year’s Festival. The dance workshops are a fun and interactive session.

“The Festival is a great event for people from all walks of life, offering lots of activities to keep even the little ones entertained as well as demonstrations, stalls and workshops offering thrifty advice, tips and tricks and so much more.

“Last year, around 40,000 people descended upon Lingfield Point across the Festival weekend. This year we’re developing a fantastic programme of events to ensure the Festival is once again bursting at the seams with famously thrifty entertainment and amazing artists.”

Head teacher at Corporation Road Primary School, Mr King, said: “We are delighted to be part of this year’s Festival of Thrift, a real stand-out event in the region. As the Festival and the 1825 celebrations fall on the same weekend, the atmosphere in the town will be electric and for children from our school to be part of that is fantastic.

“The children thoroughly enjoyed their first rehearsal session and we can’t wait for the grand performances, it really will be a great weekend.”


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