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Yarmouth tightrope walk cancelled

PUBLISHED: 15:37 01 November 2008 | UPDATED: 12:10 03 July 2010

Hayley Mace

Tonight's dare-devil tightrope walk across Yarmouth market place has been cancelled because of bad weather.

High wire artist Didier Pasquette was due to walk on a tightrope 15m above the town centre at 6pm as part of the Out There festival, which is taking place in the town all weekend.

Tonight's dare-devil tightrope walk across Yarmouth market place has been cancelled because of bad weather.

High wire artist Didier Pasquette was due to walk on a tightrope 15m above the town centre at 6pm as part of the Out There festival, which is taking place in the town all weekend.

But Joe Mackintosh, chief executive of festival organiser SeaChange Arts, said that the high winds and rain mean it is too dangerous for the event to go ahead.

The fireworks which were due to follow the daring feat have also been called off.

Mr Mackintosh said: “It's very windy and unfortunately the forecast is for it to get worse this evening. The bad weather has come in much faster than we thought it would do and so it's just too dangerous now to do it.

“Didier is very disappointed because he had been really looking forward to it. We plan to work with him again in the future because he has really enjoyed his time in Yarmouth.

“It's a real shame because the response so far has been absolutely brilliant and we've had really big crowds - I know a lot of people were looking forward to the tightrope walk.”

Indoor events will still go ahead as planned, including the lantern parade in the market place at 5.45pm and the Meltin Pot cabaret sessions in the tented festival village from 7.30pm tonight.

Sunday's international music festival, from noon until 8.45pm, will go ahead as planned.


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