SLIDESHOW: Revolution in Hartlepool’s Church Square!

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PEOPLE were entertained as they visited Church Square in Hartlepool over the weekend.

Street music, entertainment and food was top of a busy schedule of fun held as part of efforts to encourage more shoppers to spend locally.

Mayor Stephen Akers-Belcher and Mary Beck, who was there to promote the Pool Together To Beat Cancer campaign, try their hand at skateboarding with a little help from Rossmere Skate Plaza experts Peter Robinson (left) and Michael Eastwood.

Mayor Stephen Akers-Belcher and Mary Beck, who was there to promote the Pool Together To Beat Cancer campaign, try their hand at skateboarding with a little help from Rossmere Skate Plaza experts Peter Robinson (left) and Michael Eastwood.

Street Revolution started in Church Square on Friday as organisers at Hartlepool Borough Council aimed to get more people to visit the town centre and support local businesses.

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

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

It is the second of three events to be staged by the council using funding from the Mary Portas scheme.

Among the entertainment highlights was free running by North-East organisation Apeuro, which performs acrobatic jumps using just the local landscape.

They also staged workshops for visitors.

Hartlepool Art Gallery in the square also took part in the event by holding a new exhibition entitled In From The Outside, which explores urban artists’ work from all over the world including the famous graffiti artist Banksy.

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