Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 16.37.36STOCKTON’S Riverside is set to come alive with light and music as X Factor star Josh Daniel takes to the stage as part of the annual fireworks display.

Billingham resident Josh recently wowed the judges with his soulful performances but now returns to dazzle the crowds from the stage at the BBC Tees Radio Roadshow, hosted by Ali Brownlee and Lisa McCormick from 6pm.

Fireworks can also be expected from Katy Perry tribute act, Katy Kerry, and the comedian Patrick Monahan brings a family-friendly version of his national stand-up routine to Stockton.

Residents and visitors can enjoy the display itself, set to famous pieces of sci-fi music, from 7.30pmfor approximately 25 minutes.

Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “There is fantastic entertainment on offer and they will have the crowds fired up for what is set to be a spectacular display lighting up Stockton’s Riverside.

“We are also thinking of the families affected by the recent closure of the steelworks in Redcar and, on behalf of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and the other Tees Valley authorities, we hope they enjoy this free display.”

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Residents and visitors are asked to note that road closures and restrictions will be in place across Stockton including:


  • Princess of Wales Bridge and Council of Europe Boulevard – fully closed to vehicles and pedestrians from 10am until 10pm on Thursday 5 November. Diversions for vehicles wishing to leave Teesdale will be either via Station Road/Yale Crescent or Harvard Avenue/Princeton Drive towards Teesside Park. Pedestrians leaving Teesdale will be able to do so via Victoria Bridge, the Milennium Footbridge and Infinity Bridge. Both the Infinity Bridge and Millennium Footbridge will close to all pedestrians between 7.20pm and 7.50pm.
  • A1305 Riverside – closed to vehicles in both directions between Tower Street and Princess of Wales Bridge from 5pm to 10pm on Thursday 5 November.
  • North Shore Gyratory and surrounding area – between 5pm and 10pm on Thursday 5 November, Church Road (westbound from roundabout with Portrack Lane) will be closed as will North Shore Link, North Shore Road, Commercial Street and Dugdale Street at the roundabout with Portrack Lane/Church Road. Crofton Road is also closed between Dugdale Street and the entrance to the Vivo housing development. Vehicles wishing to leave the Vivo estate must do so by turning right onto Crofton Road.
  • A1305 Maritime Road area – between 6pm and 8.30pm, Maritime Road will be closed between Portrack Lane and A1046 Church Road. Between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, Bath Lane (between Neasham Close and Maritime Road) and Church Road (at its junction with Maritime Road) will be closed. Vehicles parked in Carrol Street and Mill Street East will not be able to access Maritime Road during the closures.
  • Bishop Street area – between 6pm and 8.30pm, there will be full closures of Bishop Street, Silver Street, Calverts Lane and Knowles Street. There will be partial closure of The Square and Thistle Green.
  • Finkle Street ramp – the top half of the ramp (Finkle Street to Riverside) will be closed for safety reasons between 5pm and 9pm. The bottom half of the ramp (Riverside to Calverts Lane) will remain open. On completion of the display, the ramp will become one-way only, between approximately7.55pm and 8.30pm – allowing crowd flow up from Riverside to Calverts Lane.


  • Council of Europe Boulevard laybys – closed from 6pm on Wednesday 4 November until 10pmon Thursday 5 November.
  • Riverside Car Park – closed from 6pm on Wednesday 4 November until 6am on Friday 6 November.
  • Bishop Street, Silver Street and Calverts Lane on-street parking bays – unavailable from6am on Thursday 5 November until 10pm on Thursday 5 November.
  • A1305 Riverside laybys – closed from 6am on Thursday 5 November until 6am on Friday 6 November.
  • Bishop Street Car Park – operating a ‘no vehicle movement’ policy from 5.30pm until 8.30pm onThursday 5 November.