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(From The Northern Echo)
Byline: Graeme Hetherington
As Stockton prepares to sway to the Brazilian Samba beat when the Festa Junina takes centre stage next month, Graeme Hetherington discovers that there's a closely-knit Brazilian community living on our doorstep THERE'S a Latin rhythm in the air.
Men are dressed as farm boys, with braces and straw hats, the girls in pigtails and red-checkered dresses, the atmosphere is so thick with South American culture you could imagine you are at a village hop on the outskirts of Rio.
This, however, is Stockton and the final touches are being put to Festa Junina, part of a series of events celebrating South American history and culture being staged by a group of expats from Brazil.
"There's closely knit Brazilian community in the North-East with more than 80 families living and working in the region. …