A County Durham festival has been hailed as a great success after this year's event.

The annual Durham Brass Festival has been called a "huge success" by the organisers of the event after taking place on Sunday (July 16).

They said more than 30,000 attended the events across the county between between July 6 to this past Sunday.

The event featured musicians from across the globe who performed in the county’s streets while venues such as Gala Durham, Consett Empire and Durham Town Hall ]hosted various gigs.

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Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “Once again Durham Brass Festival has been a huge success, attracting tens of thousands of people to the county to enjoy the energy and variation of brass music, from lively contemporary to treasured traditional brass.

“We’re committed to our dynamic festival and events programme as part of our aim to make County Durham the culture county.

"Durham Brass does just this by creating opportunities for residents and visitors to experience brass music in accessible community settings.

"We hope everyone had a fantastic time at any of the events they attended, and we’re already looking forward to welcoming people back for next year.”

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30,000 people joined in with Durham Brass, including 15,000 pupils at 63 schools.

The event began in earnest with ‘For Your Eyes Only: 70 Years of Bond with the Reg Vardy Band’ hosted by the new Fire Station venue in Sunderland.

The festival also celebrated the lasting legacy of traditional brass with a number of concerts from renowned prize-winning colliery bands, including a showing of Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers accompanied by The Fairey Band and a night at the movies with Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band.

The Wallace & Gromit show was attended by the Echo's own Amy Smith who described performance as very impressive.

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She said: "Twenty-five minutes of fantastic stop-motion animation and perfectly sculpted clay accumulate into a dramatic chase scene around a toy railway track at 62 West Wallaby Street, which sees Gromit outsmart Feathers McGraw, gun, and all, and capture the penguin in a glass milk bottle.

"The score during this was immaculate.

"Every note was hit, every beat was smashed, and the audience applauded as the band played Feathers off to prison."