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High wire birthday celebrations for Stockton International Riverside Festival

A colourful display wowed onlookers Photo: Stockton Borough Council

A show-stopping high wire act brought the Stockton International Riverside Festival’s 30th birthday programme to a close last night.

Crowds gathered at Stockton’s Trinity Green to watch ‘Fire Wire Spectacle’ by British show makers Cirque Bijou.

A fire spectacular Credit: Stockton Borough Council

Four circus artists thrilled onlookers as they balanced on two high wires.

A record-making 100ft long wire was then set on fire and walked by Jade Kindar-Martin – the only artist in the world performing the daredevil feat.

Jade Kindar-Martin Credit: Stockton Borough Council

“We could not have asked for a better show to sign-off this most special of SIRFs.

“It’s been an incredible programme, befitting of the fact that it’s SIRF’s 30th birthday, and some of the shows we’ve been treated to will be remembered for many years to come.

“There’s been a huge buzz about town and I’d like to thank the thousands of people who have supported the festival by coming along and enjoying the experience.”

– Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council