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Round Up! Here’s all the latest happenings from Darlington

Darlington in summer

The north’s most beloved market town continues to surprise and delight

Darlington is famous for many reasons, be it the iconic market which still takes place here, or the welcoming, friendly locals who call the town home. But every so often, something happens in Darlington that really makes it stand out as a jewel in the North East’s crown.

To help you get caught up, we’ve rounded up all the latest and greatest stories from Darlington, including dancing, reading and incredible fundraising. Let’s take a look.

Locals raise £37,000 for charity with Water Babies swimming challenge

Over 1,000 youngsters from across Darlington and the North East took part in a Splashathon fundraiser, with children getting sponsored to swim in their best Peppa Pig Pirates and Princesses fancy dress.

Their stellar efforts raised a whopping £37,446 for Tommy’s Baby Charity, which specialises in vital research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.

The mind behind Water Babies, Pamela Hargreaves, said: “We are so unbelievably proud of all our swimmers for raising such an incredible amount of money.”

Together with 50,000 other Water Babies across the UK, these youngsters have raised more than £930,000 to help Tommy’s research. Water Babies classes are held across Darlington and the surrounding area, including Middlesbrough, Redcar, Thornaby and Durham.

Summer book initiative encourages reading in Darlington youths

A new scheme has been launched in Darlington named Look for a Book. Locals and tourists alike are being encouraged to hide books in and around the town for young bookworms to find and enjoy during their summer holidays.

After joining the Look for a Book Darlington Facebook page, young people are putting down their digital devices and heading outdoors to find their next page turner.

Cassie Cooper works for Darlington Borough Council’s library services, and is responsible for bringing the idea into the market town.

Speaking about the success of the initiative, Cooper said: “I have three children of my own — so I know how difficult it can be to keep them entertained for six weeks — and this is a great, free activity for everyone to enjoy throughout the summer holidays.”

Beats galore as drumming festival comes to Darlington

For the first time, Darlington locals have been enjoying the artistic stylings of its very own Darlington Drum Festival.

Held on 16th August in the town centre, there were all sorts of things for visitors to enjoy, from live musical displays to interactive workshops. Food and drink were also provided, and no booking was required.

The festival was organised by Darlington Borough Council and the cultural organisation Harmbe Pasadia, and it is part of the Darlington Summer of Sound. This initiative celebrates all things musical in the market town, and is running throughout August until the middle of September.

Darlington soldiers raise money for Samaritans and ABF

A team of brave military personnel have completed the equivalent of three challenges, or more than 300 miles. And it all happened at Sainsbury’s in Darlington.

Lieutenant Paige Welsh, Sergeant Lisa Little, Sergeant Jo Lockwood, Captain Andy Alcock and Warrant Officer Class Two Graham Clements completed two full days in order to raise money for Samaritans and the solder’s charity ABF.

The aim was to row the 21-mile equivalent of the English Channel, before tackling the 263 mile trip from Land’s End to London on an assault bike. They then finished off with a 26-mile London marathon on the treadmill.

As well as hosting the fundraiser, Sainsbury’s in Darlington donated an extra £150 to the causes.

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