PLANS for this year's Stockton Heath Festival are moving full steam ahead.

A varied programme of family events, including live music, poetry, comedy, history, children's entertainment, art and craft markets and competitions, is currently taking shape.

Festival director David Craggs said: "The festival is a great way to bring the community together.

"We couldn't do it without the support of our sponsors or the many volunteers that help plan and run events.

"There will be something for everyone and the line up this year looks really exciting."

The event, which will be the ninth to date, will run from June 30 to July 3.

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