VISITORS flocked to this weekend's Festival of Thrift in their thousands as the nationally renowned celebration of sustainable living made a hugely welcome return to the village of Kirkleatham near Redcar.

A record-breaking 50,000 festivalgoers from all over the UK enjoyed a packed programme of performances, activities, workshops, talks and stalls alongside stalls from ethical independent traders at the award-winning event which focuses on bringing people together to have fun and share ways to live without harming the planet.

An aerial performance above an island of discarded rubbish, a contemporary dance recreating the sound of the sea with waste plastic, a fashion show with outfits created from discarded denim and charity shop finds, parkour performers on scaffolding and dynamic dancers inspired by the thrifty dressing of the gentlemen of the Congo were amongst the highlights enjoyed by visitors.

Festival of Thrift director Stella Hall said: “This weekend has proved that you can have a local-rooted and community owned event that also has lasting regional and national impact.

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“The mix includes local voices from our Young Peoples Podium alongside national names, like eco agony aunt Rae Ritchie and eco fashion entrepreneur Jade Sorley. Fledging musicians from Redcar’s Tuned In rub shoulders with established performers hot foot from Coventry’s City of Culture celebrations.

“The whole team have worked tirelessly over the last two years to bring this festival together. 2020 saw us go digital and into the community and we are so proud to be back this year where we belong in the great outdoors encouraging people to make the shift to thrift.”

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