Durham County Council has apologised to traders who lost thousands of pounds because of Lumiere, the light festival which attracted tens of thousands of people.
Shops and businesses on Elvet Bridge say customers were diverted away from the area at one of their busiest times of year.
Lucy Taylor reports.
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Warmer air feeds in from the south as this week progresses. Temperatures into the high teens by the end of the week