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Giant whale takes over Darlington's Market Square
A GIANT whale with surprises and stories in his belly has found his way to a North-East market square for a weekend of fun.
Circo Rum Ba Ba, an 18m whale that opens up for storytelling sessions deep inside his stomach, became a popular attraction on its first day in Darlington town centre as part of the Darlington by the Sea event.
Dozens of children, some more eager than others to enter the giant, rather realistic, whale took part in the first day of the attraction.
The whale, accompanied by pirates and mermaids from the Circo Rum Ba Ba company, will be in position beside a man-made beach, fairground attractions and street theatre until Monday (July 29), with six free half-hour storytelling shows each day.
The two week Darlington by the Sea event has been organised by Distinct Darlington, expanding on a one day initiative run by Darlington Borough Council.
Alex Hirst, Distinct Darlington manager, said the first two days of Darlington by the Sea had gone well, helped by strong sunshine.
She said: “It has been fantastic. The beach area has been busy each day and the fairground rides and games have gone down really well.
“The whale makes a very big visual impression in the market and a lot of people have been very impressed by him.”
The Darlington by the Sea event continues until August 8. Access to the beach is free, although there is a charge for fairground attractions.
A Seaside Cinema event will take place on Tuesday, August 30, with free showings of three family favourite films in Darlington’s Blackwellgate. The films are: Madagascar 3 at 11am; The Pirates! at 2pm and a Grease sing-a-long at 5pm.
For more details visit distinctdarlington.co.uk
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