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The Celebration of the Century

London, UK Friday 18th February 2011 - Redcar’s inaugural festival of ‘Fire and Steel’ on Saturday 19th February is set to be the celebration of the century.

Redcar’s iconic Blast Furnace is to be illuminated by external lighting towers at the same time as a symbolic 20 foot fire sculpture is lit in tribute at 18:30.

“This will be absolutely spectacular. It’s a real beacon of hope as well as a hearty Teesside warm welcome to the anticipated imminent re-opening by Thai firm SSI Steel” says social entrepreneur and boxing coach Frankie Wales.

“It will be exactly one year to the day that the Blast Furnace was mothballed and it now looks as though events could be turning a full circle. Everyone has their fingers crossed.

“The true tenacity, passion for steel and strength of character of Teessiders is again being demonstrated by this festival” says Secret Millionaire David Jamillywho is organising the event with Frankie Wales and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.

Thousands are expected to brave all weathers to join in the celebration with hundreds of local performers. This includes the first public rendition of a new steel anthem “Standing Proud” performed by local schoolchildren.

The celebration will kick off at 17:30 with a parade led by illuminated motorbikes and unicyclists and there are four venues with a variety of entertainments appealing to all ages up until 21:00.

There will be local folk singers alongside young local bands, face painters and circus workshops. Additional to this are contemporary steel exhibits alongside historical photographs and documents relating to a century and a half of Steelmaking.

Local businesses, the Council, local unions and of course the whole community have all harmoniously joined together and are 100% focussed on creating a ‘The Celebration of the Century”.

Redcar Corus Blast Furnace was the largest Blast Furnace in Europe when it opened in 1979 and remained the largest Blast Furnace in the UK until its mothballing in February 2010. David Jamilly co-founded Theme Traders, the renowned London-based party planning and prop hire company, in 1990, which is now a market leader worldwide. A philanthropist throughout his life, in 1988 David founded POD – a charity that now holds 2,500 parties a year in children's hospital wards and hospices throughout the UK. In 2010, David appeared on Channel 4 series Secret Millionaire. His first book ‘Party People: How We Make Millions From Having Fun’ is set for general release in April 2011. Frankie Wales runs the Redcar Amateur Boxing Association and is the founder of the Redcar Development Trust.

For more information/Press please contact:

Analucia Beaman - 07825 399 153
analucia@themetraders.com

Frankie Wales - 07813 000 898
frankie.wales@btconnect.com
Or look at the website www.fireandsteelfestival.com

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