Buskers brighten up Darlington as councillors get flipping

Darlington and Stockton Times: Gary Grainger, host of The Blues Show on BishopFM, entertains at the Buskers in Blackwellgate event at the Darlington Peoples Market Gary Grainger, host of The Blues Show on BishopFM, entertains at the Buskers in Blackwellgate event at the Darlington Peoples Market

SHOPPERS enjoyed free entertainment as they made their way around Darlington town centre today (Sunday) as a free busking festival made its debut.

The Busking in Blackwellgate event, organised by local trader Beryl Hankin, was one of a series of activities in the town, including the popular Sunday People’s Market.

With an Americana theme, the buskers included Ron Howe and Friends, Gary Grainger, professional Elvis Presley impersonator Kidd Kreole, Willow Creek and Creepy Uncle.

Mrs Hankin, who runs the Guru store in Blackwellgate, has been involved with a number of schemes to attract shoppers to the town.

She said: “We all love music and the market and we wanted to cheer the town up. All these performers are really good and they’ve donated their talents to us today.”

Mrs Hankin said she was hoping to make the busking festival a regular event if there were enough acts to take part.

A pancake flipping contest, held to raise funds for the Great North Air Ambulance Service, also attracted the crowds at the Sunday People’s Market, with Darlington Borough Council leader Bill Dixon and Mayor Charles Johnson facing each other over the hot plate.

Coun Dixon was the clear winner after Coun Johnson made his pancake too thick, which made flipping difficult.

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8:17am Mon 3 Mar 14

your joking says...

Poorly advertised yet again, didn't have a clue this was on.....
Poorly advertised yet again, didn't have a clue this was on..... your joking
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8:16pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Spy Boy says...

I missed this too. Busy elsewhere unfortunately. Beryl is doing a great job to bring people into town, but seems to be fighting the council, who seem to be doing as much as possible to keep people out. I'm sure I don't need to mention parking fees and fines, poor roads and major hold ups. Do we still have free parking on Sundays ?

For lovers of live music, please watch out for Spring Thing later this month. Lots of sessions around the town.

http://www.darlingto
nfolkclub.com/
I missed this too. Busy elsewhere unfortunately. Beryl is doing a great job to bring people into town, but seems to be fighting the council, who seem to be doing as much as possible to keep people out. I'm sure I don't need to mention parking fees and fines, poor roads and major hold ups. Do we still have free parking on Sundays ? For lovers of live music, please watch out for Spring Thing later this month. Lots of sessions around the town. http://www.darlingto nfolkclub.com/ Spy Boy
  • Score: 2

5:55pm Tue 4 Mar 14

grandmab says...

Couldn't make, it no Sunday bus service.
Couldn't make, it no Sunday bus service. grandmab
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