The award winning Festival of Thrift kicked off on Saturday and attracted huge crowds of visitors – bringing with it some traffic woes. Back for its sixth year and stretching across ten zones, Teessiders flocked to Kirkleatham where they were treated to live performances, entertainment and activities. But the event turned out to be so popular, hoards of vehicles were backed up along the A174 for up to an hour at a time. But aside from the heavy congestion, the festival made sure visitors soon had a smile on their face once they arrived. Over 45,000 visited last year’s event and thousands are again expected to visit this weekend which followed the events first ever launch parade in Redcar on Friday. The Festival of Thrift View gallery With a focus on sustainable transport, artists entertained visitors with performances including Acrojou with Wheelhouse – set entirely inside a giant wheel, a musical adventure with Bicycle Boy, where the audience pedals to keep the show going, and a joyful outdoor performance celebrating women, cycling and fashion from Bicycle Ballet. Film fans were also in for a treat with the chance to see the thrifty one take re-shoot of the Atonement Redcar beach scene , featuring local actor-volunteers and a unicorn. The Festival of Thrift continues on Sunday from 10am to 5pm at Kirkleatham Estate near Redcar.