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By Donald Turvill
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'Storm’ is coming . . .

THIS 30 foot tall figure will tour the streets of Dumfries this weekend as part of a campaign to highlight the climate crisis.

‘STORM’ is made entirely from recycled materials and is set to rise at the Whitesands at 11.30 am on Saturday before being guided by ten puppeteers along Bank Street, the High Street, Irving Street, George Street, Buccleuch Street and back to the High Street, with the aforementioned roads being closed-off for the spectacle.

The giant puppet, originally created for the launch of last year’s Celtic Connections festival, is bringing a stark warning to Doonhamers that the oceans are in crisis.

And it is hoped that STORM’s imposing presence will alert more people locally and beyond to the catastrophic risks posed to our coasts and waters by climate change.

Spectators and activists are also being encouraged to get involved and make their voices heard whilst the show is going on.

The event has been organised by Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival ahead the COP26 climate summit, which takes place in Glasgow next month.

Lou Davies, General Manager of the Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival said: “We are delighted to be able to bring STORM to Dumfries. We hope that it will bring audiences back into the town after a long, hard period of isolation to celebrate together as a community.

“We have lots of exciting events planned throughout her journey including performances from three artists who we’ve commissioned with the kind support of the DGU Together Again fund.”

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