Tuesday 5 June 2007 

The Welcome Festival At Chester Le Street

Durham County Cricket Club has joined forces with Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, Chester le Street District Council and Durham County Council to give visitors to the area for England’s npower Test Match against the West Indies a real carnival welcome!

Trains arriving at Chester le Street station will be welcomed by Town Crier Marjorie Dodds and fans will then be guided down to the Riverside stadium. Taking in street entertainers along the way, cricket supporters will then walk through the ‘What Bowls You Over’ walkway at Riverside Park, which has been created with local schools, where people can interact and add their own tags to let everybody know what bowls them over before heading in to the ground for the start of the match.

There is also some great entertainment taking place at the newly opened Civic Heart so please come along and join in, whether you plan to attend the cricket or not. Listen to inspiring stories from North East story teller Chris Bostock, make your own flag in the art workshop, or try some calypso style dancing with live bands playing around town. You can also play with our fantastic stilt walking cricketers and angry umpires.

On Friday, take on the cricket ‘giants’ W.G. Grace and Sir Don Bradman, whilst they argue the toss over who was the greatest cricketer of all time, and throughout Saturday, look out for the Umpires Strike Back. Stand-by for a leg-bye, shout more for a four – they are looking for new recruits to join them at the crease. Think Dickie Bird meets John Travolta and you won’t go far wrong!

If you haven’t already bought your tickets for the Test there is still time! Tickets are still available for Friday 15, Sunday 17, Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 June (Days 1,3,4 and 5) priced from £10 for juniors and £30 for adults. Tickets can be purchased online at www.durhamccc.co.uk or by calling the Durham County Cricket Club Box Office on 0870 389 1991.

The event forms part of North East England’s world-class programme of festivals and events is managed by destination marketing agency NewcastleGateshead Initiative and is funded by One North East.

Durham County Cricket Club, Chief Executive, David Harker said, “There is a real appetite to make sure that everyone has an enjoyable visit to the Riverside and to the North East. The entertainment in and around Chester le Street will add to the carnival atmosphere and will definitely put people in the mood for some great cricket.”

Festival Schedule

Friday 15th – Sunday 17th June

Railway Station

There will be a warm welcome for everyone arriving by train for the England v. West Indies Test Match and Chester-le-Street town crier, Marjorie Dodds will be on hand to welcome the visitors.

Riverside Park

At the Riverside park follow the flags to ‘What Bowls You Over?’. You can read about and listen to what makes people happy, and add to it by writing your own tag to tie to a flag pole and tell everyone about what bowls you over.

Friday 15th June

At the Civic Heart

From 10.00am – 1.00pm

Join our art workshop in the marquee and create your own flag with Jane Gower and the artists. Open to all ages!
Play cricket in the Civic Heart with Artizani’s stilt-walking cricketers, W.G. Grace & Don Bradman
In the marquee, sit and listen to Chris Bostock’s amazing stories
Listen to steel drum band The Tremors from Wooler, Northumberland and why not try some calypso dancing?

From 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Our art workshop continues until 5pm and there are more opportunities to listen to Chris Bostock’s fantastic tales. W.G. Grace and Don Bradman still have two more innings and The Tremors will be back again for some wonderful calypso tunes.

Saturday 16th June

At the Civic Heart

From 10.00am – 1.00pm

The art workshop is on again all day. Why don’t you come along and create your own individual piece of art?
Today we have the Bread & Butter Theatre Co. and the Umpires Strike Back! Try and catch them out if you can.
Story teller Chris Bostock’s returns with his captivating stories.
This morning, listen to some of the North East’s favourite tunes played by Craghead Colliery Band.

From 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Jane Gower and the artists are around to encourage you to find your creative side.
The Umpires Strike Back are back to offer their best cricketing advice and bowling tips.
Take a few minutes to sit and listen to Chris Bostock and let him inspire you.
Musical entertainment is loud and proud this afternoon with Drumdin. Listen out for them in the market place and around Front Street.

Sunday 17th June

At the Civic Heart

From 11.00am – 1.00pm

In the marquee, Chris Bostock returns for more tales and inspiring you to use your imagination in the art workshop.
Bread & Butter Theatre Co. and the Umpires Strike Back are back and looking for new recruits for England!
Musical entertainment is from steel drum band Steel Quake a the Civic Heart and you can also listen out for 10th Avenue Street Band around town.

From 1.30pm – 4.00pm

There’s till time to make your own piece of art to take home. Steel Quake and 10th Avenue Band provide more entertainment, Chris tells his final stories and this is your last chance to catch out the Umpires Strike Back!