A TV star was spotted enjoying the festivities of Durham City's Lumiere event on Thursday (November 17) - as he joined thousands of others to take a look at the colourful displays. 

If you were in Durham on Thursday, you may have seen a familiar face walking round its historic streets after several people spotted Channel 4's George Clarke at the Lumiere event. 

Seen at Durham Cathedral, the star of 'George Clarke's Amazing Spaces' met a team of neighburhood police wardens, who snapped a picture with him. 

In some images shared online, the post reads: "Neighbourhood Wardens had the pleasure of meeting George Clarke tonight who is best known for his work on Channel 4 including George Clarke's Amazing Spaces at Lumiere in Durham City along with our City Safe Team and one of our Anti Social Behaviour officers.

"We hope you all had a lovely evening and continue to enjoy the rest of the weekend at Lumiere."

Meanwhile, crowds flocked to Durham and venues across the county to savour the opening of the UK’s largest light festival on Thursday. 

The Northern Echo: George Clarke with one of the neighbourhood wardens in Durham CityGeorge Clarke with one of the neighbourhood wardens in Durham City (Image: DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL WARDENS)

Dazzling artworks from over 14 countries around the world feature in Lumiere 2023, with Durham and Bishop Auckland brightening up across four days.

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to visit the festival to enjoy a programme led by world-renowned artists Ai Weiwei and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, and featuring over 40 installations.

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Durham Cathedral, bridges, and buildings have been transformed with a range of imaginative artworks.

Director of Artichoke and Lumiere's artistic director Helen Marriage said: “This year's programme is an amazing mixture of community-generated projects, where local people are working with national and international artists as well as a full international programme.

“This amounts to artists travelling from 14 different countries here to Lumiere.”