YOUNG athletes from the across the region will scale new heights at an event this week.

The North-East Pole Vault Academy, in conjunction with Darlington Harriers and Athletic Club, is staging a pole vault competition open to sportsmen and women across the region.

The competition is usually held in an athletics stadium, but the organisers were keen to show off the sport in a new venue in Darlington.

The event will take place at Eastbourne Sports complex on Friday.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to have a try out the region's only mobile climbing wall, which is on display in Darlington for the first time.

There will be music from a steel band and a chance for children to try their hands at circus skills.

The steel band will start playing at 6.30pm and the vaulting begins at 7pm.