The Stockton Flyer

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We saw the Stockton Flyer yesterday during a visit to Stockton to attend the Stockton Children's Book of the Year Awards Twenty-First anniversary celebration weekend. It's a great piece of public sculpture, kinetic, rust-flecked and comes complete with bells and whistles (literally). It was designed by Robb Hicks and Keith Newstead in 2013. I found this footage on YouTube. We didn't manage to film the sculpture ourselves, only arriving as it emerged from its plinth wreathed in billows of steam. This only happens at 1 o'clock every day. Not sure what happens when the hour changes though (as it has today).

We enjoyed our day at the SCBY 21 weekend, which was put together and run by a dedicated team of library workers. The Stockton-on-Tees library service has diversified but remains strong, particularly in its provision for children. In a time of library closures across the nation, in Stockton they are refurbishing and opening up new facilities. Long may it continue.

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