GREY clouds and the threat of rain failed to dampen the spirits of music fans as a tribute concert came to the region.

The afternoon of free entertainment drew hundreds of people to Darlington’s market square on bank holiday Monday, with crowds hailing the event a huge success.

The concert featured a number of tributes to popular music acts, including Take That, Westlife, Abba and Dolly Parton.

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Philip Daykin, 40, and his partner, 41-year-old Michelle Wilkinson, from Darlington, said they really enjoyed the event and urged Darlington council to plan more similar events.

“We have had a really good time, the atmosphere was wonderful,” said Mr Daykin.

“The council have made a really good job of it.”

His thoughts were echoed by 36-year-old Donna Gardner, who brought her daughter, Bethany, and partner 40-year-old Leon Raine along to the event.

She said: “Bethany is nearly two and she loves a good boogie. It has been really good, everyone is in high spirits.”

Friends Dawn Burves, 38, and Sue Ramshaw, 49, spent most of the afternoon at the concert.

Ms Ramshaw said: “It is a shame about the weather but there is a great atmosphere. The council should do more of this.”