Be streetwise and head to square

The Street Revolution retail event, held in Church Square, got underway yesterday (FRI). Street dancers perform at the event.
The Street Revolution retail event, held in Church Square, got underway yesterday (FRI). Street dancers perform at the event.
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A TOWN square will be buzzing with street music, entertainment and food this weekend as part of efforts to encourage more shoppers to spend locally.

Street Revolution started in Church Square yesterday and organisers at Hartlepool Borough Council hope it will see thousands of people visit the town centre and support local businesses.

It features over 20 market stalls selling street food, clothing and jewellery.

Visitors will be entertained all weekend by street dancers, street theatre groups, skaters and live hip-hop music.

It is the second of three such events to be staged by Hartlepool council using funding from the Mary Portas scheme to help revitalise the area.

Lesley Strickland, the council’s cultural events officer, said: “There is lots of activities and entertainment all with an urban theme, and lots of street food.

“We are catering for families and teenagers in particular. It is all part of the Mary Portas initiative where we are trying to rejuvenate the town centre and work with traders.

“We held the Vintage Village Fair in July which attracted around 8,000 people over three days.”

Among the entertainment highlights will be performances by free running by North-East organisation Apeuro who perform acrobatic jumps using just the local landscape.

They will also be staging workshops for visitors today and on Sunday.

Hartlepool Art Gallery in the square is also taking part in the event, which runs until Monday, by holding a new exhibition entitled In From The Outside.

It explores urban artists’ work from all over the world including the famous graffiti artist Banksy.

Lesley added: “We wold love people to come down and enjoy the atmosphere.
“We are hoping to see a lot of people over the weekend and hope the weather picks up a bit.”

Councillor Robbie Payne, chairman of the council’s regeneration services committee, said: “We’ve lined up a really lively event with some great entertainment and a chance to buy some unusual gifts to treat yourself and family and friends.

“Our theme is the street but you don’t have to be streetwise to come along and enjoy the fun.”

A third festive-themed market will be held in the square near Christmas.