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Countdown to opening of Teesside landmark; Commercial Feature in association with Redcar & Cleveland Council.

THE countdown has begun to a fun-filled Easter weekend that will mark the long-awaited opening of the Redcar Beacon.

The new landmark offers a 360-degree view of the revamped seafront and Bank Holiday crowds will get a bird's eye view of everything from the Queen of Hearts and her flamingos and the always-in-a-hurry White Rabbit to fast-paced land-sailing and kite-flying.

Cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism, Cllr Olwyn Peters, said: "The town is gearing up to welcome hundreds of tourists, all keen to celebrate the opening of the Tees Valley's latest landmark on March 28.

"Over the weekend, day trippers will find themselves transported to Alice's Wonderland, where they will be treated to four days of seaside celebrations.

"Vintage bus rides and Punch and Judy shows should prove a hit with those who prefer to enjoy themselves at a more leisurely pace. "Mums and dads will line up for traditional fairground stalls, hook-a-duck, swingboats and coconut shies, while face-painting and balloon-modelling will keep youngsters amused."

Food lovers everywhere can be tempted by a gastronomic treat from the Continental Market. And those who like to spend their play-time on the beach will find free donkey rides and sand sculptures. The Beacon opens on Thursday and the Easter activities kick-off on Friday March 29 with the fun and frolics happening against a wave of music from TFM, which will be broadcasting live from the seafront. Cllr Mark Hannon, cabinet member for economic development, added: "The Redcar Beacon is part of a wider regeneration masterplan that is changing the face and shaping the future of the town.

"The opening of this fantastic landmark marks the latest chapter in the town's history.

"We are proud to have built something that will watch over generations of families to come as they create their own precious memories at the seaside. "Our message to the people of the Tees Valley is that there's something new on the horizon at Redcar - come along and see for yourselves."? The project is part funded by the council, One North East and the European Regional Development Fund 2007 - 2013.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 25, 2013
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