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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.

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
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