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Middlesbrough Mela in full-swing

Middlesbrough Mela
Middlesbrough Mela in Centre Square. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The annual Middlesbrough Mela is underway in the town's Centre Square. The event is one of the region's biggest celebrations of culture and diversity. The festival attracts huge crowds who enjoy a mix of live music, foods from around the world and craft and fashion stalls.

Heavy rain led to last year's event moving to Centre Square from its current home in Albert Park. The organising committee has now taken the decision to make the move permanent. Centre Square proved popular with both stallholders and the public, and sees Mela return to its original 1990 home.

Organisers are hoping to attract up to 40,000 people over the weekend. The event has been running for more than 20 years.

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