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Celebrating Rio with a Carnival of Flowers

Floral carnival costume

A spectacular carnival tribute to the forthcoming Rio games is to go on display at Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

It's believed to be the first ever carnival costume made from fresh flowers and foliage - and visitors to the show will be able to see it from tomorrow until April 24th.

The 12ft by 12ft work of art will form part of Britain's biggest exhibition of floristry and flower arranging. It's been created by international carnival designer Hughbon Condor and award-winning florist Helen James, with the support of funding from Arts Council.

The costume contains more than 30 metres of aluminium tubing and fibreglass rods, and over 1,400 fresh flowers and pieces of plant material, taking a staggering 155 hours to complete.

Up to 60,000 visitors are expected at the flower show, which will also feature large scale exhibits from floristry colleges across the region, who will be celebrating the forthcoming games in Brazil with the theme Carnival Rio Style.

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Unsigned Newcastle singer to perform at the arena

An unsigned singer from Newcastle says she is 'shocked and beyond words' after winning The Big Audition. The competition prize is the opportunity to sing at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.

Danielle Brown will open the Christmas Live show. This is one of the biggest gigs in the North East with more than ten chart acts taking to the stage.

Danielle battled it out with 11 other finalists last night. Her take on Elle King's Ex's and Oh's impressed the judging panel and she was crowned winner of the 2016 competition.

Danielle on stage at Newcastle College Credit: ITV

Frank Turner to play Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

Three new shows have been confirmed for this summer's Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

Ronnie Spector, Frank Turner and The Temperance Movement will play Playhouse Whitley Bay as part of the popular event.

Ronnie Spector will provide a spectacular warm-up for the festival when she takes to the stage on Friday 17 June. British Blues rockers The Temperance Movement will perform on Thursday 7 July and Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls play the festival for the second time on Saturday 9 July.

English folk singer-songwriter Frank Turner returns to the festival by popular demand and will perform songs from his six solo albums including his latest release 'Positive Songs for Negative People'.

The Temperance Movement, a British blues rock band, only formed in 2011 but have already supported rock royalty The Rolling Stones and have toured extensively in the US. They come to the Playhouse hot on the heels of the release of their second album 'White Bear'.

This announcement follows the news that North East music legend Bryan Ferry is to play the festival on Thursday 7 July and pop superstar Will Young will perform on Friday 8 July. A show by Grammy nominated James Bay on Saturday 9 July is already sold out.

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