... and fans aren’t even a Tinchy bit Blue over boy band’s absence

The Northern Echo: STEPPED IN: Joe McElderry STEPPED IN: Joe McElderry

TEN thousand people turned out to watch R’n’B star Tinchy Stryder and X Factor winner Joe McElderry perform at one of the region’s biggest organised charity fireworks displays.

People flocked to Darlington’s South Park from around the region to TFM’s first Spooky Spectacular, despite speculation that the £8 charge would put punters off.

Although crowds were down on the free Darlington Borough Council fireworks event in the park, which last year attracted 50,000 people and cost the council £100,000 to put on, many of those who bought tickets said the cost was more than worth it. The free council display was axed this year due to budget cuts.

Last night’s event was held to raise funds for the radio station’s Cash for Kids charity, which supports disadvantaged North-East children, and also included a performance from X Factor finalist Amelia Lily, from Middlesbrough.

The original line up was supposed to include boy band Blue, but the group were pulled at the last minute, with South Shields’ McElderry stepping in at the last minute.

He put on a lively show for the crowd, with the audience cheering and waving their arms in the air for his finale, Nessun Dorma.

Amelia Lily performed covers including Erma Franklin’s Piece of my Heart and Katy Perry’s ET.

By Lauren Pyrah lauren.pyrah@nne.co.uk Headline act Tinchy Stryder delighted his young fans with a set which started and ended with his biggest hit, Number 1 and also included recent record Spaceship and his new offering, Off The Record.

Gareth Warren, 32, from Stockton, said: “You would pay at least £30 to see Tinchy Stryder – the ticket price is more than fair. That’s who we’ve come to see.

“To be honest, I didn’t have the best impression of Joe McElderry before this, but fair play to him, he was really good. I’ll be buying his album now.

“My girlfriend has come here every year for the fireworks since she was little. She wanted us to come, and I think it’s great. We’ve had a great night.”

Nathan Walker, 17, from Darlington said: “It is a bit expensive, but considering who you get to see, it’s good. I am not bothered Blue aren’t performing – I came to see Tinchy Stryder.”

But Teresa Hay, 34, also from Darlington, said she was disappointed the boy band had been cancelled.

“I did come to see Blue,” she said. “I diidn’t find out they weren’t on until we got here. It wouldn’t have stopped me coming, though.”

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9:33am Sat 29 Oct 11

harry2 says...

There were a lot less than 10 thousand and all the people I know that went in were very dissapointed, the rides were very expensive too.

The fireworks were the worst I have ever seen but I guess u can't expect TFM to pay out for better it was a charity event.
There were a lot less than 10 thousand and all the people I know that went in were very dissapointed, the rides were very expensive too. The fireworks were the worst I have ever seen but I guess u can't expect TFM to pay out for better it was a charity event. harry2
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11:29am Sat 29 Oct 11

Dtonmaf says...

I saw more people walking away from the place than were going towards it, and the guys who were selling the flashing tat looked well unimpressed!

I hope this raised a lot of money for charity, but I would say it seemed like a disaster!
I saw more people walking away from the place than were going towards it, and the guys who were selling the flashing tat looked well unimpressed! I hope this raised a lot of money for charity, but I would say it seemed like a disaster! Dtonmaf
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1:58pm Sat 29 Oct 11

MSG says...

With such poor acts they were lucky to get a anyone attending. Surely in future they would chose better bands with a family appeal. Those chosen were garbage, and only appealed to young kids. I am glad it was a disaster.
With such poor acts they were lucky to get a anyone attending. Surely in future they would chose better bands with a family appeal. Those chosen were garbage, and only appealed to young kids. I am glad it was a disaster. MSG
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2:57pm Sat 29 Oct 11

harry2 says...

I think thay went wrong taking over fireworks I think they wanted more of a party in the park and it wasn't.
I think thay went wrong taking over fireworks I think they wanted more of a party in the park and it wasn't. harry2
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9:36pm Sat 29 Oct 11

tednar2 says...

looked pretty dismal when i went to buy a ticket, pleased i didn't bother!
watched corrie instead and saved some wonga!!!!
looked pretty dismal when i went to buy a ticket, pleased i didn't bother! watched corrie instead and saved some wonga!!!! tednar2
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1:23am Sun 30 Oct 11

Erasmus-0 says...

I watched from Henderson Street - I'm glad I didn't pay as the fireworks were terrible. A shame really as I've gone every year since the display started in 1993. Poor effort, TFM.
I watched from Henderson Street - I'm glad I didn't pay as the fireworks were terrible. A shame really as I've gone every year since the display started in 1993. Poor effort, TFM. Erasmus-0
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9:34pm Mon 31 Oct 11

JC211 says...

I took both of my children on Friday, they both thoroughly enjoyed it, contrary to the above we thought the fireworks were great, as where TFM, Joe, Amelia Lily & Tinchy Stryder. I found it much more entertaining than the previous years council run fireworks displays & would gladly pay again to go next year.
My only criticisms would be, yes the rides were over priced & the evening was marred by the usual foul mouthed Darlo chavs swearing and making derogatory comments about the people on stage whilst surrounded by children, their own included
I took both of my children on Friday, they both thoroughly enjoyed it, contrary to the above we thought the fireworks were great, as where TFM, Joe, Amelia Lily & Tinchy Stryder. I found it much more entertaining than the previous years council run fireworks displays & would gladly pay again to go next year. My only criticisms would be, yes the rides were over priced & the evening was marred by the usual foul mouthed Darlo chavs swearing and making derogatory comments about the people on stage whilst surrounded by children, their own included JC211
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10:00pm Mon 31 Oct 11

gramps427 says...

Perhaps if TFM and the council got together then 50,000 people would probably pay £2 each to see the old style fireworks with the better entertainment. Many attending the "Free"(council funds are from private pockets) were happy to put money into the round table collection buckets, I hope they didn't lose out.
Perhaps if TFM and the council got together then 50,000 people would probably pay £2 each to see the old style fireworks with the better entertainment. Many attending the "Free"(council funds are from private pockets) were happy to put money into the round table collection buckets, I hope they didn't lose out. gramps427
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9:22pm Fri 4 Nov 11

Champ1 says...

Really good event, especially as the council didn't spend a penny on it compared to £100k on last years fireworks. TFM did a good job hosting and organising the event, and I guess it's unlikely 'little ole' STAR radio could ever deliver an event of the same scale. Good job everyone involved, my daughter had a great time!
Really good event, especially as the council didn't spend a penny on it compared to £100k on last years fireworks. TFM did a good job hosting and organising the event, and I guess it's unlikely 'little ole' STAR radio could ever deliver an event of the same scale. Good job everyone involved, my daughter had a great time! Champ1
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