A CELEBRATION of the region's ingenious spirit is set to take over a town centre tomorrow.

The Festival of Ingenuity will see scientific exhibitions, street entertainment and live music come to Darlington.

Organised by Darlington Partnership and sponsored by Darlington Building Society, the festival, which is free to attend, celebrates the town’s ingenuity and manufacturing heritage.

A marquee in the market square will host interactive displays by a number of Darlington-based companies, such as Cummins, Cleveland Bridge, Modus, EE, DeepOcean, Nifco, Hobgoblin3D and Hooba Foods.

Throughout the day children will be able to get hands-on with a variety of interactive exhibits, with the opportunity to see a 3D printer at work, control a miniature sub-sea vehicle and discover the work that goes into building complex machinery.

Staff from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service and Durham Police will also be on hand to give children an insight into the work of the emergency services.

The Northern Echo’s chief features writer Chris Lloyd will be giving a talk – Screechers and Suffragettes: Darlington and the Campaign for Votes for Women – in the Dolphin Centre at 1pm.