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Volunteers needed for Yarmouth stunt

PUBLISHED: 11:07 04 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:53 06 July 2010

Up to 20 strong volunteers are needed to man stabilizer points during Frenchman Didier Pasquette's breathtaking seafront tightrope walk that is planned to launch the second Out There festival in Yarmouth.

Up to 20 strong volunteers are needed to man stabilizer points during Frenchman Didier Pasquette's breathtaking seafront tightrope walk that is planned to launch the second Out There festival in Yarmouth.

The 20-year veteran of the tightrope, who has walked across the Stade de France in Paris and the River Thames in London, has been working out the logistics of a 180m walk from the roof of the Hippodrome Circus to the top of the 185ft Atlantis Tower.

However, in case of technical difficulties or poor weather making it impossible, a back-up walk is being planned from the Esplanade across Marine Parade to the roof of the old Windmill Theatre.

Joe Mackintosh, chief executive of the town's SeaChange Arts charity which is organising the festival over the weekend of September 19 and 20, said: “The route to the Atlantis Tower is over rooftops and there are some problems at the moment over where the stabilizer ropes can be fixed.

“If we end up opting for the Windmill Theatre walk, starting from a tower that Didier will be bringing with him for his second show on the Saturday evening, it will have the advantage of being far closer and more visible to spectators on the seafront.”

Thousands are expected to watch the spectacle which is planned to take place at 10.45am on the Saturday, but may be moved to another time slot in case of windy weather.

To become a festival volunteer, helping at tightrope stabilizer points or in other roles, contact SeaChange on 01493 846550.

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