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A very warm welcome to this Spring 2017 issue of lovemiddlesbrough magazine, a fitting time to unveil exciting plans for the growth of our town in the coming years. Middlesbrough is the heart of the vibrant Tees Valley and regeneration will continue apace as we look to build on the transformation of the town in recent years. The town’s first ever Investment Prospectus outlines how we will use £70m of our own investment to encourage a further £600m investment from private business and other sources. The prospectus has the ambitious target of creating 5,000 new jobs and a similar number of new houses, please do take the trouble to read all about it. Acklam Hall is a prime example of how regeneration works and you can read about how the town’s only grade one listed building has been transformed from a derelict, and costly drain on taxpayers to a stunning business and leisure facility we can all treasure. Our cover star this edition is someone who knows all about treasures - TV antiques expert David Harper. His expertise has seen him travel far and wide but, like many Teessiders, he can’t wait to get back to his local roots. David’s have a go attitude is an inspiration to all - a bit like Middlesbrough he refuses to let the doom mongers limit his ambition. As a council we need to think long and hard about how we spend your money. Two years ago, along with other partners in the town’s Financial Inclusion Group (FIG), we took the decision to fund information sessions at local community hubs to advise people of unclaimed benefits they may be missing out on. Incredibly the total unclaimed benefit now identified stands at almost £5m. Those previously missing out included people who have worked all their lives and paid into the system but on retirement were not receiving their entitlement. Other recipients include low income families, working single parents, the recently reduntant and those entitled to free child care. Not only has this money made life a little more comfortable, it has provided an important boost to the local economy. FIG has a number of advice sessions taking place this Spring, so why not find out if you are missing out on your entitlement? The increasing range of culture and leisure available in the town is evident from our extensive listings section and our competition offers the chance to win a trip to the theatre or Riverside and enjoy a night in the Jurys Inn hotel - good luck! Finally, the first ever election for a Tees Valley Mayor takes place on May 4 and we profile the work of the Tees Valley Combined Authority and the role the elected Mayor will play. Whatever your views, please do use your vote.

Tony Parkinson Interim Chief Executive, Middlesbrough Council

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In this issue... Everyone Active - learn to swim............................................. 2 Chief Executive’s welcome...........................................................3 News in brief about your town.............................................4-5 Middlesbrough’s Investment Prospectus unveiled... 6-7 Acklam Hall - the jewel in the town..................................8-9 Are you living well?....................................................................... 10 Could you foster a child?............................................................. 11 Financial Inclusion Group scoops nearly £5m........ 12-13 Adult learning at Middlesbrough College..........................14 Looking for adventure? Try the army cadets.................15 Sunday lunch at The Riverside............................................... 16 Enjoy the fruits of a healthy town........................................17 Helping you to age better........................................................... 18 New Direction can put you on the right path................. 19 Cut out food waste to save pounds.......................................20 Cycling for all.....................................................................................21 Funding available for Teesside University courses....22 TV’s David Harper celebrates his local roots...........23-26 The truth about those job centre myths...........................27 Save time, go online for council services................. 28-29 Have your say on a Tees Valley Mayor....................... 30-31 New drink limits explained.......................................................32 Win a night on the town.............................................................33 Breastfeeding welcome in Middlesbrough......................34 Born to read volunteers wanted.............................................35 Football Foundation stars help children to progress.36 mima puts its treasures on display.....................................37 Recycle well for a weekly chance to win .........................38 Your guide to what’s on locally...............................................39 Full spring calendar for Middlesbrough Theatre........ 40 New look Captain Cook Museum set to re-open........... 41 Digital entrepreneur Junaid Iqbal..........................................42 Dorman Museum shares Middlesbrough memories........43 Your essential listings guide........................................... 44-45 Ward surgeries – how to contact your local councillor.. 46-47 Tuck into local food weekend................................................. 48

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News in brief

People in Middlesbrough are being encouraged to show an act of kindness as part of the launch of Love Your Neighbour, to help make our communities stronger, safer and happier places to live. Middlesbrough Interfaith Network invited the local Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh communities to join civic leaders in signing a banner declaring their commitment to the cause. Local residents can share stories of acts of kindness on social media using the hashtags #LoveYourNeighbour and #LYNboro

.................................. A legendary striker makes his return from the treatment table

A sense of safety for visitors to Middlesbrough has resulted in the town’s bus station becoming the first in the North East to gain national recognition. The Safer Bus Station Award highlights standards of good practice in security and reassurance for passengers and staff, and also recognises operators’ efforts to reduce crime and disorder, as well as fear of crime. Middlesbrough Bus Station welcomes up to 30,000 visitors each and every day. An independent survey of passengers found 96% of people felt safe during the day an 90% at night.


Middlesbrough residents are reminded that Middlesbrough House has temporarily relocated while improvement works take place. Services offered from the Customer Centre on Corporation Road are now being offered from the former Register Office building next door with work expected to be complete this spring. Those who do need or want to speak to a member of staff can still do so and the contact centre remains open during office hours for telephone assistance.

Brian Clough had been sidelined for six months, after a crack appeared in a weld just above the right ankle. After successful repair work he has now been given the all clear to return to his current position in Albert Park.

Two prominent and eye-catching Middlesbrough buildings have been celebrated at a regional awards ceremony highlighting excellence in planning. In the 2016 RTPI North East awards Middlesbrough Council’s planning department won a Chair’s Award for the STEM Centre building at Middlesbrough College and a commendation for The Curve at Teesside University. The STEM Centre was described as a “unique facility that brings together education, training and local businesses in one building in Middlesbrough. It will helps place the North East at the forefront of training and learning in the oil, gas, manufacturing and engineering trades.” The Curve meanwhile was described as a “state of the art, environmentally friendly building at the heart of the Teesside University Campus Heart Development. The £22m project signifies the commitment to the Teesside 2020 vision to be an international university with a reputation for academic excellence.”

.................................. Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind has recently achieved the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard award, recognising the excellent work it does with volunteers. The local mental health charity currently has over 60 active volunteers working to help people with mental health problems. Paul Christon, Service Manager, said: “We believe that our volunteers provide added value to the work we do through their skills and qualities. A lot of our volunteers have lived experience of mental health and we believe volunteering can be a part of their recovery as well as a way of helping other people through their recovery.” Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind currently has four opportunities to become a volunteer at the charity and welcome people from all backgrounds. To find out more about being a part of the local charity, or find out about the help MIND can offer, visit vacancies.aspx or call 01642 257020

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Teesside University PhD student Rebecca Saunders is appealing for women who lived in Middlesbrough during the 1970s and 1980s and witnessed the decline in industry to help with her research project.

A slice of Middlesbrough history is set to feature in one of the region’s best loved museums. The renowned Beamish Museum is undergoing a major makeover thanks to a £10.9 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant to build on the site’s existing attractions.

Rebecca said: “It aims to explore and record the experiences of Teesside women during this period. I would welcome any women who would like to share their memories and; lived in the Teesside region between 1970 and 1990; had relatives who worked in any of the steel, chemical, or shipbuilding industries on Teesside or worked in the industries themselves during this period.”

Following local consultation and a celebration of 1950s life at Newport Community Hub, the heritage attraction is recreating a 1950s town which will include a replica of a shop from Bow Street in Middlesbrough. The £18 million Remaking Beamish project will take four years to complete with museum chiefs aiming to attract 100,000 more visitors to the region every year. To find out more, visit about/remaking-beamish/


Cycling coach Steve Binks recently won the BBC Unsung Hero award for the North East and Cumbria for his voluntary work with Cleveland Wheelers over more than 40 years. In his time at the club he has set up the League 2000, a competition for under-18s which has been running for 20 years, and was also involved in lobbying for the cycle circuit to be built. “To win the North East Unsung Hero award was a real highlight because I didn’t know what the club had nominated me for at first,” said the 59-year-old from Normanby, who works for Middlesbrough Council.

Teesside University has been recognised for its commitment to promoting health through nutrition and providing healthy options for students and staff. The University, which serves more than 4,000 customers a week, has worked hard to increase access to healthier foods across its catering outlets and has achieved the Food4Health Awards, an initiative created by Middlesbrough Council. Debby Roberts, Teesside University’s Assistant Director of Campus Services said: “The Food4Health award scheme has given us a good framework to help us ensure the foods we serve are nutritionally balanced and meet an increasing demand for healthy food.”

.................................. Boro Angels - a group who patrol the town centre on weekend evenings and help vulnerable people – are looking for new volunteers. The group recently celebrated their seventh anniversary and anyone interested should visit

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“I joined Cleveland Wheelers’ committee in 1973 and became an Officer of the club in 1976. I started organising races in 1974, coaching 25 years ago and I’ve loved every minute of it, from seeing smiles on kids’ faces, to the agony of the adults riding the senior events.”

Anyone who can help should contact Rebecca on 07904 224813, email or on Twitter @RSaunders111

.................................. Ever imagined your Middlesbrough home becoming a film set? Or used for a TV show? If not, why not? Northern Film and Media are looking to increase the number of residential properties on their books which could be considered for filming purposes. Anyone interested should send interior and exterior pictures and try to include as many rooms as possible, different angles, notable features and the setting in which the property sits. Pictures must be digitally uploaded to or sent on a CD/DVD to Northern Film & Media, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA


.................................. A leading local charity has received a much-needed boost thanks to a recycling initiative at Teesside Crematorium.

More than £4,000 has been donated to Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough after families gave consent for the recycling of metals resulting from cremation. Trevor Robson, of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management, said: “The Institute believes that its members and the bereaved have combined in order to make a difference not only in environmental terms but also in terms of the care of the bereaved through the donation of surplus to related charities.”

The Friends of Nature’s World group are looking for volunteers to help care for the site and its features in 2017. Anyone with an interest in gardening, conservation or wildlife, who would like to get involved can register with Middlesbrough Council Volunteers online at or email handsonmiddlesbroughfuture@


The future’s bright, the future’s Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough is firmly on track to become the vibrant city heart of the Tees Valley, and a major destination for visitors and investors alike. That’s the bold ambition laid out in the town’s first ever Investment Prospectus which puts the focus squarely on regeneration, enterprise and job creation. The approach builds on recent successes – including more than £500 million of committed investments – and charts a course for the next phase in Middlesbrough’s journey. Unveiled in late 2016 and due to be formally launched this spring, the Prospectus identifies a number of key areas which will play a vital role in Middlesbrough’s future: • Middlehaven • Centre Square • Business and Enterprise • The Railway Station and Historic Quarter • The University Quarter • Teesside Media and Innovation Village • Growth and prosperity through housing The strategy - aligned with committed investment of nearly £70 million by Middlesbrough Council aims to attract inward investment to the town of more than £600 million,


with the creation of around 5,000 new jobs. New regeneration will transform more than 57 hectares of land, with the development of an estimated 1.7 million sq ft of new business accommodation. The town’s growing population another key element in securing Middlesbrough’s long-term financial future - will be drawn to more than 5,500 modern family homes to be built across the borough.

The strategy has been underpinned by confirmation of the Council’s first ever four-year Local Government Finance Settlement, giving the town greater certainty over its finances and strengthening its ability to plan both for efficiencies and for investment. Local residents and potential investors will be able to get the latest updates and information from a dedicated Investment Prospectus website, also due to launch in the spring.

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“Middlesbrough is striding forward into an important new era which will build on the town’s rich heritage and transform it into a beacon of 21st century ambition and prosperity.”

As well as the latest news, the site will feature background information, contact details and case studies on a variety of headline projects ranging from the redevelopment of Acklam Hall and the transformation of Teesside University’s Campus Heart to the hugely successful Holiday Inn Express development and the bustling independent businesses making Baker and Bedford Streets a regional draw.

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Middlesbrough Council Interim Chief Executive Tony Parkinson said: “Middlesbrough is striding forward into an important new era which will build on the town’s rich heritage and transform it into a beacon of 21st century ambition and prosperity. “Our priorities are now clearly set out in the town’s first ever Investment Prospectus, which puts the focus firmly on attracting cutting edge enterprise, supporting forwardthinking regeneration and delivering

the services a modern city demands. “The document spells out the ambition we have for our town and outlines some of the initiatives that will be taking place throughout 2017 and beyond, enhancing the fabric of the town and our economic status, and creating jobs and wealth opportunities for the people who live here. “Middlesbrough is very much open for business, and looking to the future with considerable confidence.”


Town jewel restoration paves way for golden future One of the jewels in Middlesbrough’s crown has been given a new lease of life thanks to a stunning transformation. Acklam Hall - the town’s only Grade 1 Listed building - was derelict before the major restoration that has returned it to its former glory both as a venue in its own right, and the site of high class modern housing in a unique location. The project is one of the centerpieces of Middlesbrough’s Investment Strategy, and embodies the Council’s approach to ensuring key assets play a leading role in the town’s ongoing regeneration. Its restoration was only made possible thanks to a groundbreaking partnership between Middlesbrough Council and English Heritage, turning an ambitious and far-reaching vision into stunning reality. Years of neglect have been turned back, with the Hall now freed from the anachronistic architectural additions that characterised its life as Middlesbrough College.


Visitors to the Hall Drive site are treated to a view of the house as it would have looked in its heyday, with its future secure in a way that seemed all but impossible only a few years ago. In the late 17th century, long before Middlesbrough’s sudden growth as a global industrial powerhouse, the site was developed as a two-storey building by William Hustler. Significant alterations were carried out to the house in 1845, and the Hall still retains many of its ornate original features as well as later additions, notably by the eminent architect Walter Brierley in 1912. Middlesbrough Corporation took over ownership of the Hall in 1928, with the building converted to a grammar school and opened as Acklam Hall School in 1935. It subsequently became King’s Manor School with the addition of several modern buildings and

latterly Middlesbrough College. When it was known that the College would be moving to a new purposebuilt campus at Middlehaven, the process to dispose of the Hall and surrounding land was started by the College and Middlesbrough Council as joint owners in 2004. The aim of both parties was to achieve a high-quality and financially viable conservationled development, securing the restoration of the Hall and giving it a viable and sustainable future. From the outset the Council worked very closely with English Heritage to ensure that the Hall’s unique historic attributes were protected. At the same time it was also agreed that in order to secure the building’s long-term future, it would be necessary to generate financial resources which could be invested back into the Hall.

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Following a tender process Acklam Hall Ltd - headed by developer and health service specialist Neil Whittingham (left) - was chosen for its mixed-use masterplan. Eight years after submitting an expression of interest in the site, Neil declared Acklam Hall officially open to the public once again in February, 2016. The result - following extensive planning and community engagement and investment of more than £4 million - is a stunning venue for weddings, fine dining, prestigious office accommodation and conference facilities. The Brierley restaurant is already proving a hit with lovers of fine dining, while the building’s former life as a school has been affectionately referenced with mementoes found during the renovation including a sheet of scribbled lines with the wise words ‘silence is golden’. A business networking group meets regularly in The Parlour and preparations are under way for the latest civil ceremony to be held in the Restoration mansion. With an established reputation in the heathcare sector, Neil’s ambitious blueprint was predicated on new housing on land either side of the historic asset and the creation of a high quality medical village and community hospital at the rear of the site. The Health Village - due to open in 2019 - proposals are key to securing the long-term maintenance and management for the Hall and its surrounding estate, an integral requirement and one of Middlesbrough Council’s key stated outcomes for this scheme. Neil said the Acklam Hall project would not have happened had it not been for Middlesbrough Council’s enablement from the outset. He said: “There were many council departments involved in the project, including economic development, planning and legal and invaluable political support from the Executive. “Throughout the process the Council has shown the controlled flexibility needed to achieve the desired outcome from what has been a complex and multi-faceted scheme from the very beginning. “Middlesbrough is ‘open for business’ and encourages investment and success - it is definitely a town with big aspirations.”

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From 1935 the hall developed as a major education site with annexes for schools and colleges being built.

Before major restoration and building work could begin the site had to be cleared, leaving the Hall and the neighbouring St Mary’s Church.

Today the hall combines the glories of the past with modern luxury to provide a stunning event and conference venue.



ARE YOU LIVING WELL? Whether it be improving your fitness, eating a more balanced diet or learning how best to tackle a mental health issue, The Live Well Centre can point you in the right direction. This new and exciting development is a breath of fresh air for Middlesbrough - its unique approach empowers the residents of Middlesbrough to take charge of their own issues, to live happier and healthier lives. With its state-of-the-art community gym, training kitchen, cafe and IT facilities, improving your life can happen in a fun, open and friendly environment.


Do you want to quit smoking, give up drugs or rethink your drinking?


Do you want to tackle negative thoughts, feel happier or become a stronger person?


Do you need support to manage your weight, eat healthier or exercise more? The Live Well Centre can support you in all these areas of your life. There is also advice on what to do if you’re looking for employment, issues with housing benefits as well as a dedicated family unit where whole families can access services together. A unique project by:

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A unique opportunity for businesses If you’re a business or a company offering something that can support local people to live healthier and happier lives, get in touch - The Live Well Centre collaborates with like-minded organisations who are passionate about making a difference. There’s also a variety of event and office space for hire. Email collaborate@ for more information or go online at and register your interest.


Could you give a child a home? It’s a common misconception that fostering is predominantly for younger children - and when Julie and Graham Hallet took their first steps as carers five years ago, Graham had one ground rule: No teenagers! The couple - who have two daughters aged 13 and 18 and live in Middlesbrough - started out with ‘contact work’, picking up children from foster homes and taking them for contact with family members. Despite Graham’s initial scepticism, Julie (above) was keen to find out more and the couple spent a number of weeks taking part in a series of preparatory sessions led by the Family Placement Team. Julie, 47, describes the moment that changed their lives: “It was the third week when someone came in from the child protection team and spoke about some horrific cases, and Graham said ‘we have to do this even if we can help one child going through what some of these children go through we will have made a difference.’ “We’ve never looked back since, although the only thing Graham did stress at the time was NO TEENAGERS!” Since then the couple have looked after about 20 children, some for as little as a week, some for respite and others for up to 18 months. Julie added: “We have looked after children from lots of different backgrounds and cultures, and a lot

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of the children who have been placed with us have eventually gone back home. “To us these are the most rewarding cases - it’s great to be able to work with parents and help get the family back together. “One of the lovely things about it is that we still see many of the children we have looked after since they have gone home - it’s why we do it and what makes it all worthwhile.” Of course it’s not all plain sailing, but Julie’s philosophical about the challenges that inevitably arise: “It can be a rollercoaster ride and there are days when we ask ourselves why we’re doing it and why we are putting our family through it. “Then you look at a child and see how much they have come on, how for the first time they feel safe and secure, and part of a family and it all just makes sense.” And Graham’s no teenagers rule? Five years down the line, the Hallets have a teenager living with them now, and, in Julie’s words, she’s ‘an absolute pleasure.’ “She has fitted into our family and my girls love her like a sister - she has been with us for 18 months and

plans to stay with us till she goes to university,” she says. “So our motto is never say never - teenagers get really bad press especially looked after ones, but our experience has been a positive one. She says she’s lucky to have us but in all honesty we are lucky to have her! “We get great support from our social workers and fellow foster carers and there’s always someone at the end of a phone. “There’s lots of training available, as well as groups like the Middlesbrough Foster Carers Association and the Men Who Foster group. “So if anyone is thinking about fostering I would say pick up the phone, speak to someone and have that initial visit. “If you really believe you have the patience and believe you could make a real difference to a child’s life then what are you waiting for? “We did and it’s been the most rewarding thing our family has ever done.” To find out more about fostering, contact the Middlesbrough Family Placement Team on 01642 201962, email family_placement@ or visit


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Good advice scoops millions of pounds for local people The town’s Financial Inclusion Group is a coalition of partners that aims to provide everyone with access to appropriate financial products or services and so give people the opportunity, ability and confidence to make informed decisions about their financial situation or organise their money effectively. In 2015 FIG launched the unclaimed benefit campaign aiming to ensure local people did not miss out on their entitlement. This includes those who have worked all their life and found themselves struggling in retirement, single parents, low income families, people made redundant, carers and others. Since then the campaign has identified an incredible £4.9m for local people. One recently retired couple, barely surviving on the breadline, were found to be entitled to an extra £16,000 a year in unclaimed benefit. The unclaimed benefit campaign will be holding advice sessions at the following venues in the coming weeks, just turn up on the day.

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Broughton Avenue, Easterside, TS4 3PZ Monday March 06 • 10am-4pm Tuesday March 07 • 10am-4pm Wednesday March 08 • 1pm-4pm

The Illegal Money Lending Team aims to help anyone who finds themselves at the mercy of loansharks and to ensure young people don’t fall into the debt trap. If you have a loan and haven’t signed any paperwork, have a debt that gets bigger even when making repayments or are suffering threats and or intimidation you may be involved with a loan shark. The Team’s new website allows people to report loan sharks, so if you think you are in debt to an illegal lender/loan shark get in touch with us. The website also explains who the team is and how the team can assist. There are also downloadable resources for use in schools and partner agencies. Visit the website or to report a loan shark call the 24 hour confidential hotline on 0300 555 2222, or email the team at

Start saving for Christmas It may seem a long way off, but it’s never too early to start saving for Christmas with the Pioneer Credit Union. Last year 230 families saved over £95,000 to ensure they could cover the cost of Christmas without going into debt. To find about about this and other saving schemes, as well as low cost affordable loans and electrical equipment visit

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Clifton Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 4NA Monday March 20 • 10am-4pm Tuesday March 21 • 10am-4pm Wednesday March 22 • 1pm-4pm Monday April 03 • 10am-4pm Tuesday April 04 • 10am-4pm Wednesday April 05 • 1pm-4pm

Carers Together provides information and support to people aged 18+ who provide unpaid care to a family member or friend. This may be because of physical or mental ill health, age, disability or substance misuse. We are able to offer benefits advice specifically to carers, to help them to maximise their household income.

Advice sessions are also held in various community hubs on a weekly basis, see advert opposite.

You can contact us Monday-Friday 9am-5pm on 01642 488977 or call in to our office at St Mary’s Centre, 82-90 Corporation Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2RW.


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Army Cadet Force offers action and challenge With the reduction in army numbers and bases over the past few years, the Army Cadet Force is often the visible face of the army at many events, particularly during Remembrance events. And for young people looking for action, adventure and challenge, the Army Cadet Force (ACF) offers many other opportunities that won’t be found elsewhere. Cleveland ACF is thriving with 550 cadets aged 12-18 and 110 adult volunteers in 25 detachments across the county. Activities include rock climbing, mountain biking, archery and abseiling. There is also the chance to develop regular sports skills, such as football, with competitions for both boys and girls at county, regional and national level. “We want to give young people the ideals and values that are integral in the cadets so that they can carry them throughout their lives” said Major Mike McGaun, Cadet Executive Officer. ACF detachments meet one or two evenings a week with occasional weekend camps and competitions. Every summer there is an annual

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camp and the chance to experience one of the Army’s training camps for even more exciting activities. However, there is plenty else going on with the local Army Cadet Force. Take 2016 for example, cadets helped to marshal the Tour de Yorkshire as it passed through Middlesbrough, and also saw Cleveland ACF showing their athletic prowess with a 23rd win in 24 years in the North East Regional Athletics held at the Middlesbrough Sports Village. Prior to those two events, Prince Charles dropped into the new cadet base in Redcar during his visit to the region. There, he observed a number of classes, ranging from flight simulation and weapon training to first aid, before meeting cadets and their parents on a brief walkabout of the new building provided by North of England Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, to house over 50 Army and Air Cadets.

Major McGaun added: “Having Prince Charles here was absolutely amazing. It’s great that he’s come out to show his support. This area’s had a rough time lately but I think this is exactly what was needed to give the region and the people a lift.” Annual Camp is arguably the highlight of the cadet year. With use of an Army Training Camp for 10 to 14 days, cadets have an opportunity to put into practice all that has been learnt over the year. In 2016 it was held at Altcar (near Liverpool) where those taking part incorporated navigation, swimming, climbing, raft building, dragon boat racing, first aid training and community service alongside more expected military themed training covering drill, fieldcraft and shooting. Camp is also one of the few times when the different associations in the region work together as a county, with mess dinners for adult volunteers, officers and senior cadets, where everyone dines formally and keeps up the assorted traditions associated with military functions. Cadets can also work towards Duke of Edinburgh awards, BTEC certificates and other life skills and qualifications. To find out more about what Cadets can offer, visit or call 01642 242414.




TREAT the family to a superb Sunday lunch at the Riverside. New 2017 dates for our monthly offering. Enjoy an amazing view of the hallowed turf while enjoying a delicious three course meal with coffee, plus choices on each course including a vegetarian option. This is combined with a wander through the dressing rooms or into the Directors Box on a short tour to finish off the day. More and more supporters are taking a break from the stresses and strains of everyday life and enjoying a relaxing family Sunday

lunch at the Riverside. All the traditional family values are honoured, the pace is slow and the food and service are top of the league ...and if you don’t believe us, just ask the many Boro fans who rate our food the best in football!

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Lunches at the Riverside cost £25 for adults and £12.50 for children (12 and under).

Don’t Forget Dad! Father’s Day is just around the corner on Sunday 18 June.

Different prices apply for special occasions such as Father’s Day and the festive period.

So treat your Dad to a meal to remember here at the Riverside Stadium - home of the Boro!

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Help make Middlesbrough a fruity town

Community Patchwork Orchard is an exciting new project to help more people have access to free fruit that is growing throughout the area. The project will: • Create a map of where free fruit is across the town • Plant new trees and orchards • Provide free training on looking after trees and cooking tasty things with fruit • Help coordinate the harvesting and distribution of fruit

Can you help? We need people to identify where there are fruit trees and shrubs across the town, and support to harvest, collect or deliver donated fruit. You or a neighbour may have a tree in your garden and have surplus fruit that you could donate to those that need it, such as community groups, schools or local food enterprises.

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............................................................................................................. Middlesbrough Bike Library A pioneering scheme which gives children the chance to ride a bike for free has launched in Middlesbrough. The Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme has opened two new libraries - one at Middlesbrough Cycle Centre located in the Bus

Station and one at Middlesbrough Environment City, Sandy Flatts Lane - which will offer free bike loans for children and families, as well as guided rides and support with Bikeability in schools. Old and unwanted bikes can be donated to the scheme where they will be repaired and restored, before being loaned out to children and families. Stolen bikes recovered by Cleveland Police will also be donated to the project.

The scheme is sponsored by Yorkshire Bank and run in collaboration with Welcome to Yorkshire’s cycling initiative, Cycle Yorkshire. Middlesbrough is one of 33 towns and cities within the old Yorkshire boundaries to support the bike library scheme since it opened last year. This has provided more than 26,000 children with the chance to cycle and over 4,500 bikes have been donated.

............................................................................................................. Have you got a great idea for a project in your community? The Hearts, Spades and Muddy Shoes initiative saw young families in North Ormesby working together to create a much-needed play area. (left) Can you help your community live a bit greener and more sustainably? Do you have the knowledge, skills and experience but need a bit of

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A new direction for young army veteran Thirteen’s New Directions team has given a young army veteran the confidence and skills to re-enter the world of work. Will Goodall has recently secured employment as a retail stock taker in Thornaby following help and support from the team. Will heard about the New Directions scheme from his girlfriend who had recently found work with help from the team. He contacted the team before being matched with an employability caseworker, Joanne Couhig, who gave him advice and guidance on following up applications, keeping a job diary and updating his CV. While working alongside Joanne, it soon became apparent that Will felt his current housing situation was a barrier to gaining work. He was in hostel accommodation and was keen to apply for a Thirteen property so his rent would be more affordable. With support, Will completed a housing application online and later the same day, he was thrilled to be offered a flat close to his family and friends. The team has also helped Will secure funding from the Royal British Legion for ‘white goods’ for his new flat and apply to the Armed Forces Compensation scheme. The New Directions team work with young people aged 15 to 29 who are classed as NEET (Not in Education,

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Employment or Training), to access specialist support thanks to the European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative funding. The scheme helps local people develop the skills required to get into employment or training. It can help people who may think they have a lack of confidence or education, poor health or anything else that might be holding them back. Will said: “Contacting the team at Thirteen was the best thing I could have done and their support has helped transform my life. “I can hardly believe that not only have I managed to find a job that I enjoy but also a great place to live. “I am grateful to the team who have helped me do things I never thought possible, and I would encourage others in a similar position to me to seek the help and support that is available. From my experience, they will do all they can to help.” Karen Kenmare, Thirteen’s hub manager, said: “We are delighted that Will has benefited from the experience. “This type of support addresses the issues that people feel are holding them back and helps them to develop the skills and confidence

they need to access training and work. “It also shows the benefits of drawing on other services within Thirteen, such as the housing and money advice teams to provide a holistic approach to addressing each client’s barriers to employment.” If you’re aged 15-29 and looking for a job, education or training, get in touch with New Directions on 01642 947 840 or email

To find out more about Thirteen’s wide range of properties for rent and sale, as well as take a look at what is currently available, visit the website at Pictured above - young army veteran Will Goodall with Thirteen’s Karen Kenmare and Jo Couhig.


Throw away less food and save yourself a packet Every year, the average family could save around £470, rising to £700 for a family with children, simply by throwing away less food. In the UK we throw away seven million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, most of which could have been eaten, costing us more than £12 billion.

Middlesbrough Council’s Environmental Health Officers help local food businesses and consumers to understand how to keep food safe and save a bit of cash. Their advice is to:

• Try not to make more food than is needed and look after your leftovers. • Cool leftover food quickly, store it in your fridge between 0°C and 5°C and use within 2 days. Most foods keep better if they are wrapped in foil, cling film or put in an air-tight container. • If you know you won’t use leftover food up quickly, simply store it in an air tight container or wrap it well in freezer bags, freezer wrap or cling film and freeze it. • Many foods can be bought or made in bulk and this helps to keep down costs. Bulky items can be made into smaller portions and frozen, which helps to keep wastage to a minimum as you can defrost only what you need. • Food can be frozen before its Use-by date, defrosted and used within 24 hours. Food must not be kept in the fridge or be frozen after the Use-by date has expired. Food that has a best-before date is ‘shelf-stable’ and can be used after the date, although after a while it may lose some of its quality. Visit for tips on reducing food waste and recipes for using up leftovers.

Tobacco products get a make-under Trading Standards are raising awareness of new laws that require cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco to be sold in standardised ‘plain’ packaging.


The change from branded packets to plain packets is aimed at making tobacco less appealing, particularly to children The change means that from 20 May, tobacco will no longer be sold in glitzy, brightly coloured packs. Standard packs are drab green with large graphic images on the front and back and health warnings on all four sides of the packets. The only remaining branding is the product name in a standard font. The Trading Standards Team will be visiting local retailers to raise awareness of the new rules and will carry out checks to ensure that only standardised packs are being sold once the new rules come into force. The introduction of plain packaging is just one of the changes that comes into effect in May. Cigarettes can only be sold in packets of 20 or more and hand rolling tobacco will only be available in packets containing a minimum of 30 grams. Any pricing claims or promotions, health, lifestyle or biodegradable claims will not be permitted, as will any references to taste or smell.

Tobacco is the only product that kills half of its users. In England nearly 80,000 people die from smoking related diseases each year, with 15 smoking related deaths every day in the North East. Smoking-related diseases account for half the total number of preventable deaths in Middlesbrough each year. Smoking is accountable for more deaths than all the other most common causes of preventable deaths combined, including road accidents, drug use, alcohol and suicide. Middlesbrough Council wants to continue to reduce the prevalence of smoking by helping smokers to quit, discouraging people from starting to smoke, reducing exposure to second hand smoke and normalising a smokefree lifestyle, particularly for children and young people. Advice and support to quit smoking is available from the Stop Smoking Service on 01642 383819 or visit

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Town gears up for a year of cycling activity for all Middlesbrough is gaining a growing reputation as a bike friendly town - with facilities for every level, from youngsters learning to ride, right up to top professionals. The HSBC UK Go-Ride programme is a free cycling coaching programme in partnership with Middlesbrough Council which has been delivered at several schools in the town and seen a number of participants progress to competing in the Tees Valley Level 2 and 3 School Games cycling competitions based at Middlesbrough Sports Village. Following the successful launch last year of the Female Rider Development sessions at the town’s closed road Cycle Circuit another series of sessions will start in March 2017 on the outdoor Velodrome. The sessions focus on increasing bike handling skills, confidence and improving fitness. The Velodrome and closed road Cycle Circuit will also host a number of HSBC UK Go-Ride coaching programmes during school holidays throughout the year. The sessions give young people a cycling taster in a safe and fun environment with a focus on fundamentals and core skills. All bikes and helmets are provided by British Cycling. In addition to this, the Middlesbrough based HSBC UK Go-Ride Coach is working with Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation to deliver cycling at their multi-sport courses. The full 2017 Holiday Programmes are scheduled and details can be found at article/goridest-Holiday-CoachingProgrammes

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Families can also benefit from the The Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme at Middlesbrough Cycle Centre located in the Bus Station and at Middlesbrough Environment City, Sandy Flatts Lane. The scheme offers free bike loans for children and families, as well as guided rides and support with Bikeability in schools. Middlesbrough hosted the start of the Tour de Yorkshire last year and the event has left a lasting legacy with many people benefitting from susbsequent taster sessions and an increase in attendance at local cycling clubs and promotional events at Middlesbrough schools. An active timetable of Velodrome sessions at the Sports Village was launched last year with one of the highlights being the National Youth Ominium event - a brilliant showcase of the facility that attracted widespread coverage. The track programme of open sessions for all ages continues to develop with many new facility users having the opportunity to try track cycling for the first time.

Late spring will see two exciting events taking place at the Outdoor Velodrome. On May 7 the Youth Omnium rides into town and on May 27 there will be an Open Track event for adults and children. British Cycling have continued to support the two HSBC UK Go-Ride Clubs based at Middlesbrough Sports Village, successfully enhancing the quality of the coaching and providing an entry point into the sport. For more information regarding participating and spectating, please see

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Learn from the past for future success He’s a familiar face on TV with a passion for art and antiques that has seen him travel the globe – but Middlesbrough-born David Harper always returns to his local roots. Here he tells lovemiddlesbrough about his lifelong search for treasure, learning from failure and why he’ll never “do a Clarkson.” lovemiddlesbrough magazine


“There is nothing wrong in failing... anything that goes wrong is just a brilliant tool to use in the next project, to help it go right” One of David Harper’s earliest childhood memories is rooting around a freshlyploughed farmer’s field in search of treasure. Whilst gold and jewels eluded him, young David was still gripped by his haul of blue and white pottery pieces and the odd clay pipe. “I still have that fascination with the past, when you hold an object that someone else handled many, many years ago. As a child I felt it was the nearest I would ever get to time travel,” he says. “A coin is the best example; it looks the same, feels the same, weighs the same – a shared connection with someone from centuries before. It puts life into perspective. Whatever the problems of today, the bills, the mortgage, the personal issues, soon


they will all be gone but the coin will still be there. “I was blown away to learn that the Romans used to put a human skull under the floorboards just to remind them of man’s mortality. It’s not morbid; it’s a reminder to do things you want to do. If you have ambitions and dreams, get on and do them. To delay is bonkers.” David has certainly done plenty with his life so far and he’s determined not to stop. His childhood was spent between Middlesbrough and Zimbabwe. The wanderlust continued as an adult when David, wife Wendy and toddler Henrietta set off for Florida with a van of antiques. They stayed for a year before returning to the UK with a van of American antiques. He could have settled anywhere but opted to return to his North-East roots and open a shop at Barnard Castle. When Radio Tees needed an antiques expert for an outside broadcast they turned to David. He enjoyed it so much he kept agreeing to come back – mostly unpaid. After four years Channel Four and then the BBC got in touch and the rest is history with appearances on Bargain Hunt, Antiques Road Trip, Cash in the Attic, Flog It and many other shows. Though his TV career has taken off and he has an art gallery in London, he still chooses to live just 30 miles from Middlesbrough and visits the town regularly to catch up with

friends and family. Recently he attended a charity lunch and valuation day at Acklam Hall with all funds going towards the Teesside Hospice – a charity with close family connections. “I work a lot in London and have a house in St Johns Wood. It’s great but horrendously expensive. I meet fascinating people every day but coming back to this area, I feel I am coming back to normality. It is home, a sense of freedom, a cooler, cleanliness. “Throughout my life I have been shooting off to Africa, America, but something always pulls me back and the older I get, the stronger the pull becomes. I used to feel I had no roots. Now I realise they are here and my daughter feels the same; she calls this home.” Daughter Henrietta, 22, works at her father’s gallery and is a classicallytrained singer. She’ll be appearing with Dad later this year on Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is. Pitted against another couple, they have to use £1,000 of their own money to buy and sell items. The team with the most profit wins. “We are very close and, at times, too honest with each other. No doubt we will fight and argue. It will make good TV but we may never work together again,” says David. Challenge is not something David has ever run away from, even in an age of digital media which means anyone on

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“ I meet fascinating people everyday but coming back to this area I feel I am coming back to normality, it is home, a sense of freedom, a cooler, cleanliness” TV can expect instant judgement. “The critics abound but that’s all part of it. Just recently someone went to the trouble of finding my website and filling in the feedback form. He said he had watched me on Flog It. My valuation was a bit out and he messaged to say I was utterly rubbish and the programme should change their experts, especially me. I pasted and re-tweeted it, saying I hadn’t realised I was on Flog It that day. You just have to take it with a pinch of salt. “Self-confidence is something you can teach yourself. I have taught myself that it’s a mask you wear - put that mask on, get out here and have a go.“ As a child he picked up tips helping his mother look for bric-a-brac bargains, then taught himself about antiques, researching in great depth anything that caught his eye. The confidence he found through trade and TV success led David to take the plunge with other interests and he has now turned his hobbies of classic cars and art into a growing business. His paintings can be found in private art museums and galleries and some, bought by dealers just a couple of years ago, have now doubled in value, priced at up to £8,000 a canvas. “At school an art teacher told me ‘nobody in their right mind draws or paints like you.’ I was using bright colours, painting what I felt like and I was told it was rubbish.

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“I would say to anyone reading this, for goodness sake, you can do it. If you listen to what people say all your life, you’d never do anything. There is nothing wrong in failing. I have done so many things that have failed. It has cost me so much money, but anything that goes wrong is just a brilliant tool to use in the next project, to help it go right.” David believes the success of programmes such as Bargain Hunt is in part down to the unpredictability, the fact that the results cannot be scripted - it’s all down to who is prepared to pay what on auction day. “Some of these shows have been sold to 57 countries and we get contacted from people all over the world. It’s interactive TV because viewers can participate, shout at the telly, compete at home. It’s never boring. People have their favourite and least favourite experts and auctioneers. “ So when he does battle with a fellow expert, is there real competition? “Yes there is,” admits David. “It doesn’t really matter but I do try everything in my power to beat them. All of my colleagues say they are not competitive but if they weren’t, they wouldn’t be doing what we do. You must be incredibly competitive to even get a chance of getting on TV.” Though he gives it his all and filming can mean 16-hour days in all weathers, David believes the fact that TV isn’t his whole life means

it will never take over his life – he can’t see himself ever erupting, as Jeremy Clarkson infamously did in a North Yorkshire hotel after a long day filming Top Gear. “Jeremy was pretty much filming all the time and I can imagine him getting very angsty about it all because it can be very stressing and if someone hasn’t organised some food at the end of it all, I can imagine him going mad. “Because I dip in and out, I often genuinely can’t believe what I’m doing - driving classic cars, filming, talking to celebrities and getting paid for it. As long as I think that way, I’m not going to get shirty about not having a sandwich at the right time. I probably spend three months a year filming. It’s intense and exciting and I love doing it. I’m very lucky in that regard and it pays my bills.” When he’s in London, running his gallery, or even when he’s driving a classic convertible on a glorious summer’s day for Antiques Road Trip, there’s still part of David that hankers to be back home, because that’s where he can focus on his painting. And for David it’s a case of art imitating life. His work includes paintings of classic cars, inspired by vehicles he has sold for clients. There are also geishas and other reflections of Japanese culture, inspired by artworks and antiques he has come across. Top left - David at home with his paintings Top right - visiting the vaults of mima


“When I’m away I think about painting all the time. I save painting for when I’m home. It’s a lot of pent-up emotion and I just go mad. I love it. Wake early, start painting. I’m covered in it all the time; it’s the most amazing thing. “I love classic cars and for a while in my garage I had a red Jaguar XK140 I was selling for a client. The car has the most beautiful front end. So I went outside, started sketching and painted half a dozen of that kind.” He’s a big supporter of public art and of mima. He has visited the gallery several times and recently met with director Alistair Hudson (below). “mima is wonderful because it incentivises people to be creative. If you never show people what can be achieved, how will you encourage them?” says David. “I think it is a fantastic thing for Middlesbrough. Anything that brings people into the town gives more of a cultural feel to it can only be a good thing. You look at the history of the area, the railways, iron and steel, it’s a


have-a-go attitude and that should be celebrated.” David freely admits he has often made mistakes and let items go for less than they were worth but there are also plenty of success stories. A favourite concerns a framed miniature portrait of a Georgian lady – so good it looked like a photograph. “The guy selling it had it valued at Christie’s for £300 and I said I’d pay that, I’d take a punt,” says David. When he opened it up at home, he found the inside edge was signed H. Bone. Research led David to the wonderful discovery that Henry Bone was an artist to King George III and the miniature, dating back to 1790, later sold to an American collector for £3,800. “It was a lovely find, just to have been able to handle such a wonderful piece of work - I have never had the chance since.” The antiques market has changed dramatically in the last 20 years and David has had to adapt to suit modern tastes. Antique furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries is out whilst more modern offerings, such as Italian lighting from the 1950s and 60s, is in demand. Similarly, cars from the late 20th century have now become useable modern classics – like David’s latest interest, a 1996 Mercedes s600 v12 coupe (above). “My shop in London is now more 20th century art gallery than antiques but the golden rules remain the same if you want to survive in the business. Research the item, become an expert on the item, find the best market and then sell your expertise.” The internet means bargains can be found at the click of a mouse but for David large-scale antique fairs and car boot sales spread across open fields

remain the best places to pick up a bargain. “People with stalls at these events have a bottom line they need to make each day to cover expenses before they can start to make a profit, so they want to do business. They may have bought a box lot from a clearance sale and haven’t had a chance to research it properly. If you hung on for the highest price all the time, you would never sell anything so these field events offer a great chance of picking up bargains. I know I have undersold loads of stuff.” He enjoys a night out with his brother and friends in Yarm, revisiting the Black Bull and other haunts of his teenage years, but with his 50th birthday this year, he is determined to look forward not back. “You do hear some people who only seem to talk about the things they got up to when they were 19, how wonderful it was all those years ago. It bugs me. I think if they were my best years, I am not very happy. I want my best years to be tomorrow.” And with David’s positive outlook and willingness to have a go, it looks like we will be seeing plenty more of him on the TV. He’s already appeared on Ready Steady Cook , which he won, and Masterchef, where he came last. He smiles as he recalls his disastrous medieval stew that had the judges grimacing. “I think I won Ready Steady through a sympathy vote and didn’t mind then giving Masterchef a go. I thought they would have people to chop the carrots and help you out but they don’t. They just present you with this box of ingredients and say cook something. “The trouble is I don’t cook and never have. I have been totally spoilt all my life by my mother and wife who have looked after me. It was the best and worst TV experience. Very intense and completely out of my depth.” But it wouldn’t deter David from more forays into celebrity TV. “I have had preliminary calls about Strictly and also the Jungle but not THE call,” he says. “I’d probably be happier in the Jungle, more at home there than on a dancefloor as I’m a bit rigid. I would have go at Strictly though. I’d never win because it is always won by really good dancers but it wouldn’t bother me if I made mistakes and people laughed. It would be good fun. There’s nothing wrong with having a go. If I’m rubbish, so what, big deal.”

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‘Talk To Us’ campaign launched

The Middlesbrough Employment Network Group has launched a campaign to change the perceptions of people who are accessing the Job Centre Plus for employment.

The campaign aims to ensure Job Centre users get the best support possible through the use of assigned work coach/advisors. Staff recognise that people can have complex circumstances that significantly affect their ability to seek or gain meaningful employment. This could be as a result of a disability, addiction, poor mental health or few or no qualifications. However, there is a lot of support available to get people into work where appropriate and by challenging the myths around support available and encouraging job seekers to talk with these dedicated coaches, the campaign seeks to change perceptions and improve outcomes for people accessing the Job Centre Plus. Rachel McIlvenna (pictured left), Health Improvement Practitioner, Middlesbrough Council said “Employment is an important

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determinant of health and we hope to address some of the negative perceptions that people sometimes have through this campaign. This is an important step in the right direction by increasing opportunities for people to gain employment and in the long term, toward achieving better health and wellbeing of people in Middlesbrough. Cath Robson (pictured right), Customer Service Operations Manager for Middlesbrough DWP Jobcentre Plus said ‘’We are committed to supporting all Jobcentre Plus customers to make sure people receive the benefits they are entitled to and move towards and into work where appropriate. By working with our Work Coaches and partners in the community, we can make sure our expectations of people are appropriate and tailored to their needs” For more information please contact



Our fresh new website. It’s handy, available 24 hours a day and packed full of useful information, online applications and payment options. Whether it’s paying your council tax, requesting a bulky waste collection, checking bin collection dates or reporting a faulty street light, you can do all of this and more, on our new easier to use website. So, before you pick up the phone, head into town, or write to us, see if we can help you online.

Visit our communıty hubs. Our community hubs and libraries are a great place to go online. Visit your local hub and use the free Wi-Fi or one of the computers to access our website. To find out where your nearest community hub is, visit Our community hubs and libraries can be found at: • Acklam - Acklam Road

• Neptune - Ormesby Road

• Central Library - Centre Square

• Newport - St Paul’s Road

• Easterside - Broughton Avenue

• North Ormesby - Derwent Street

• Grove Hill - Bishopton Road

• Rainbow Leisure Centre - Parkway Centre

• Hemlington - Crosscliffe

• Thorntree - Birkhall Road

• Marton - The Willows

So, whether you’re relaxing at home, taking a break from work, or sitting on the bus, visit the new Middlesbrough Council website whenever you want, wherever you are.

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Electing your Tees On the 4th of May 2017, residents of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees and Redcar and Cleveland will elect a new Mayor for the Tees Valley. The Tees Valley Mayor will work alongside the five Tees Valley Councils to improve the economy of the area, bring in new investment and create jobs.

The Tees Valley Mayor will have responsibilities and influence over:


Homes & Communities

• Improve our train services by having more, faster and better trains and stations • Support better bus services • Invest in road and rail infrastructure

Invest in good quality homes.

Help create successful, vibrant communities

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Culture & Tourism

• Encourage more apprenticeships • Improve education for young people and adults • Help people to secure good quality jobs

Promote Tees Valley as a great place to Live, Work & Visit

Invest in our cultural institutions and events


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Support businesses to help them grow Bring new companies into the area Revitalise our town centres and industrial areas Encourage innovation, carbon reduction and new energy

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Secure a better deal from central government

Ensure a strong voice for the Tees Valley

Make more decisions about our area here, not in London

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Valley Mayor What is Tees Valley?

Who can vote for the Tees Valley Mayor?

The Tees Valley describes the area covering Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.

All eligible registered electors in Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees will be eligible to vote for the Tees Valley Mayor on 4th May 2017.

The five councils have been working in partnership for over 20 years. People don’t generally describe themselves as being from “the Tees Valley”, and the individual identities of the separate towns and communities remain important. But the Tees Valley describes an area that works as a connected economic area. 90% of Tees Valley’s working population have jobs within the area, and 65,000 cross a council boundary to work. So communities across the Tees Valley depend on the success of the area as a whole.

What is the Tees Valley Combined Authority? The Mayor will chair the Combined Authority: a new body, set up by law to lead the economic development of the Tees Valley area. It is a partnership of five authorities, working with the business community and other partners. By setting up this new body, the Tees Valley is able to deliver powers and responsibilities previously carried out by central government. There are similar bodies in other areas of the country which have secured devolution, including Greater Manchester, Merseyside and the West Midlands, who will also be electing a mayor on 4th May.

Does this mean that the individual councils will merge? No. Your local council will still be responsible for delivering local services such as children’s services, social care, refuse collection, libraries, street cleaning etc. The Combined Authority is focused on economic growth of the wider Tees Valley area. Its new powers come from central government, not from the local councils.

Register to vote If you have not yet registered to vote please visit register-to-vote or contact Electoral Services at Middlesbrough Council, on 01642 729771. The deadline for registration is the 13th April, to register we’ll need to know your date of birth and national insurance number. Once registered you will be sent a poll card before 4th May, this will include details of where your polling station is. You do not need to take the poll card with you to vote (unless you are an anonymous elector), but it will help staff. You can only vote at the polling station stated on this card.

Why not vote by post? Postal voting is simple and it’s free- If you’re a registered postal voter, your ballot paper will be sent to you from the 18th April and if you haven’t received your postal vote by the 27th April please contact Electoral Services before polling day.

Who is standing for the Tees Valley Mayor? It is expected that all major political parties will put forward a candidate, and independent candidates may also put themselves forward. A booklet with more information about the candidates and their manifestos will be sent to eligible registered electors early in April.

Why do we need a Tees Valley Mayor? Local council leaders negotiated a devolution deal with Ministers, to transfer powers, funding and responsibilities from central government to our local area. The government has said that this is only possible if an elected mayor is publicly accountable for decisions; working alongside the existing councils and other partners.

Will having a Tees Valley Mayor cost more? The devolution deal brings in new funding. The direct costs of the Mayor will be met from this additional funding, without any additional cost to local Council Taxpayers. They will be supported by the Tees Valley Combined Authority from within established budgets. The Mayor’s allowance is being established by an independent remuneration panel.

You must return it so that it is delivered to your electoral registration office by 10pm on 4th May in the envelope provided, or at a polling station in your borough on polling day.

Not able to vote in person? If you have applied to have someone vote on your behalf (Proxy), make sure that they know which of the candidate/ candidates you wish to vote for. If you wish to apply to vote by post or appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf as your proxy, download a form from, complete it fully and return it to Electoral Services, Middlesbrough Council, PO Box 503, Town Hall, Middlesbrough, TS1 9FX, or contact Electoral Services on 01642 729771 New applications for a postal vote must be returned to your electoral registration office by 5pm on Tuesday 18 April and new applications for a proxy vote by 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.



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Name the landmarks for the chance to WIN a night on the town! .................................................................................................

For this issue’s competition we showcase just a taste of what Middlesbrough has to offer with the prize of a night on the town for two including accommodation, evening meal and entertainment. To win this prize simply identify the three local landmarks below.







Please email your answers to by 5pm March 24 2017. Put ‘Competition’ in the subject field and include your name, address and contact number in the email. Full terms and conditions are available at

The winner will enjoy an overnight stay for two at the Jurys Inn Hotel, Fry Street, Middlesbrough. Why not take advantage of the fully equipped gym and spa amenities including jacuzzi and steam room? Then relax in the comforts of the stylish rooms with en-suite bathroom, wi-fi and flat screen tv. The prize includes dinner for two in the hotel’s recently revamped restaurant which offers the best in British and European cuisine amidst tasteful décor, and a welcoming atmosphere. For entertainment our winner can choose two tickets for any Middlesbrough FC home game in April courtesy of the MFC Foundation. All games are currently scheduled for Saturday 3pm kick-offs but are subject to alteration. The choice is Burnley April 8, Arsenal April 15 or Manchester City April 29. Alternatively, our winner can choose two tickets for any of the following shows at Middlesbrough Theatre: Oh Goody! with Tim Brook-Taylor (April 5), Motown’s Greatest Hits - How Sweet It Is (April 7), Chekhov’s Shorts (April 8), The Six-Sided Man (May 25), Alice in Wonderland (May 27). Full details of the theatre’s forthcoming programme can be found at

................................................................................................. Thanks to everyone who entered our last competition, there were lots of you who correctly identified the local landmarks as Newport Bridge, Dorman Museum and The Riverside Stadium. Ten lucky winners drawn at random won a Middlesbrough Monopoly board game.


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Breastfeeding welcome in Middlesbrough Middlesbrough’s commitment to becoming a breastfeeding welcome town is gathering pace with over 40 venues now signed up to the scheme. Although the Equality Act 2010 has specifically clarified that it is unlawful for a business to discriminate against a woman because she is breastfeeding a child - meaning a business cannot ask a woman to stop breastfeeding - the breastfeeding welcome scheme asks businesses to actively welcome breastfeeding women and allows women to search online for breastfeeding welcome places. The aim of the scheme is to improve provision and access to breast feeding facilities across Middlesbrough to enable women to feel comfortable and confident breastfeeding when out and about. Businesses who sign up to the breastfeeding welcome scheme pledge to provide a welcoming atmosphere for breastfeeding women and their families and to also provide support in the unlikely event that another customer complains about a breastfeeding mum. The breastfeeding welcome scheme was officially launched in


Middlesbrough at the Muffin Break café. Public Health Practitioner Laura Kemp said: “Improving access to breastfeeding facilities across the area and enabling women to feel comfortable is very important to us all so we are very pleased to be renewing this scheme. “This launch is all about raising awareness for mums, so they know to look out for places that are part of the breastfeeding welcome scheme and also to encourage more businesses to sign up so we can work towards making all of Middlesbrough breastfeeding friendly.” There are currently 42 venues signed up to the scheme including food businesses such as the Muffin Break Café, Café Delights, TP Coffee House, Sirkars Restaurant and Fellinis Restaurant as well as all children’s centres, libraries and leisure centres in Middlesbrough. It is hoped that the scheme will support women to continue

breastfeeding and also increase the public’s exposure to breastfeeding to normalise it in society.

To find out about the breastfeeding welcome venues in Middlesbrough please visit For more information or to sign your business up to the scheme please contact breastfeedingwelcome@ Main pic - Public Health Coordinator Laura Kemp and Bill Bentham, Muffin Break Café manager, are joined by mums and babies at the launch of the town’s breastfeeding welcome campaign

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Are you looking for a new challenge in 2017? Save the Children’s recent report on support for early child development, entitled “Untapped potential: How England’s nursery lottery is failing too many children” attracted widespread coverage. It outlined how if a child is already behind in their development when they start primary school they are more likely to be behind not just throughout school, but for the rest of their lives. Across Teesside there are opportunities for local residents to give back to their community and volunteer for Born to Read, a partnership between Save the Children and Beanstalk. The charities help children improve their reading and are looking for members of the local community who could spare some time sharing their love of books with pupils. Born to Read trains volunteers to read with children on a one-to-one basis developing their skills and confidence. Recent research by the Read On. Get On. campaign, of which

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Save the Children and Beanstalk are both part of, revealed a quarter of all children leave primary education without reading well each year, with poorer children nearly twice as likely to fall behind. Not being able to read can have a devastating impact on their life chances, so early intervention is vital. Tony, a local reading volunteer said; ‘After nearly two years as a volunteer I can honestly say that it has been a delight - not always easy, sometimes frustrating, but overall extremely rewarding, stimulating and life-enhancing. And the need is great. Do consider joining - you won’t regret it!’ Schools across Teesside are looking for new Born to Read volunteers to support children in primary school that have fallen behind in their

language and literacy. Potential volunteers must be able to commit to visit schools twice a week during term time and will receive specially designed training so they can deliver one-to-one reading support to primary school children.

For more information about volunteering please call the local Beanstalk office on 01325 315040 or visit


MFC Foundation launch PL Works Programme MFC Foundation have introduced their brand new Premier League Works employment and training programme, targeting young adults to develop their skills and introduce them into work or further education.

Premier League Works uses the power of football clubs and the Premier League to engage young people who are not involved in education, training or employment. The programme, delivered in partnership with the Professional Footballers Association and the Prince’s Trust provides young people aged 16-25 with support to develop their personal and social skills giving them the confidence and the experience they need to make a positive transition back into education, access training or gain meaningful employment. A total of 26 clubs work with local partners such as Job Centre Plus and local referral agencies to ensure that young people with the highest need access the programme. Working with small groups the club provide intensive one-to-one and group work which focuses on each individuals’ needs. People on the programme are given the opportunity to undertake a qualification and take up a work placement, whilst a community action project helps them to develop fundamental skills such as team work and communication. MFC Foundation have also enlisted the help of the football club, Middlesbrough FC, by bringing


star duo Marten de Roon (right) and Viktor Fischer (left) on to the programme as honorary ambassadors. On being made ambassador, Dutch international de Roon said: “I’m honoured to be MFC Foundation’s Ambassador for this programme. “It’s really important that clubs try to help young people who don’t have it so easy, and as football players it is easy for us to give to others. “I have had it myself [good education], and I know education is everything. It’s always a good start and with it you can grow and learn new things, and it helps you to get jobs in the future.” Danish winger Fischer is also delighted to be able to take up the role of PL Works Ambassador with MFC Foundation, highlighting the importance of learning how to communicate with others as a key asset in a young persons’ personal development. “It’s so important (education) to be able to do something with your life and educate yourself, and the social skills you also learn from it are important,” said Fischer. “I’ve always been interested in educating myself; it wasn’t something I could have taken

further at the time having chosen to be a footballer “If I wasn’t a footballer I would always try to do my best in life and try to be a good part of society which I think is important. “I think we (Marten and I) are happy to be a part of it and to help everyone that we can with things like that. It is an important thing and we will continue to do that and do our part in it!” Marten and Viktor will be catching up with the group at various points throughout the rest of the season, and offering the programme support. MFC Foundation’s PL Works Coordinator Marc McPhillips said: “There is a lot of untapped potential in this area, with many young adults simply not having the right guidance or help to find the right career path, or the qualifications and key skills to reach their goals. “Harnessing the power of the brand that is Middlesbrough Football Club, I hope we can engage with a number of young people who may have lost their way a little in life and just need that extra push to get them back on track and ready to fulfil their potential. “Having Marten and Viktor as honorary ambassadors is fantastic. To have two internationally capped superstars to show an interest in this programme and actively support it is key to the community feel we have in and around Teesside, and the participants on the course can see that education matters to footballers as well as you and I. “Over the next 12 months we’ll get to see first-hand how the project builds confidence and changes these young people for the better, and hopefully by the end of the programme they’ll feel ready to succeed in whatever they put their minds to!” If you’re aged 16-25 and not in employment, education or training, and would like more information about the Premier League Works programme, e-mail

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Middlesbrough’s art treasures go on display to celebrate mima’s first decade

mima is celebrating its tenth anniversary with the launch of a permanent display of the town’s art collection. The Middlesbrough Collection comprises works inherited from the former Middlesbrough Art Gallery, the Cleveland Craft Centre and the Cleveland Gallery, and added to by mima since its opening in 2007. The collection features drawings, paintings, ceramics and other works of art from the last 180 years including pieces from L.S. Lowry, David Hockney, Tracey Emin and many other pioneering artists. Its strengths are post–Second World War British painting, American contemporary drawing, twentieth-century British ceramics, European contemporary jewellery, and international contemporary installation. For the past ten years the collection has been housed in the vaults of mima but now, as part of the institution’s drive to engage with the public, a new gallery will feature a permanent display of work from the collection. Members of the public, visitors and

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staff were all invited to suggest which exhibits should go on display and the first selections (including those above) were unveiled at a recent open day and include a wide range of works made by local, national and international artists. Alistair Hudson, mima’s director, said: ‘We believe that art is not “for its own sake” but needs to be useful, to work more effectively for everyone in a drive to a better society. Public engagement is at the core of what we do, with the programme serving this strategy.” Other galleries within mima will continue to showcase visiting exhibitions which will run throughout the Spring. These include Daniela Ortiz ABC of Racist Europe in which the Peru-born, Spain-based artist addresses nationality, colonialism, race and class to look at the politics of citizenship. Daniela has drawn on her own experience as an immigrant to

examine national and international migratory control systems. In Middlesbrough, Ortiz has led workshops with people seeking asylum, particularly single mothers and their pre-school children, to deal with some of the issues they face, from racism to perceptions around the ‘refugee crisis’. The exhibition gives a platform to these concerns, and the featured pieces include a children’s book that challenges stereotypes associated with migration as well as documents, recordings of lectures, films and paintings depicting scenic views of border territories. mima also offers a new-look café, The Smeltery, where visitors can enjoy anything from a freshly brewed coffee to full Sunday roast with staple diets and daily specials covering a range of world food. Above left - LS Lowry: The Old Town Hall and St Hildas, Middlesbrough 1959 Above - Sonia Boyce: She Ain’t Holding Them Up, She’s Holding On (Some English Rose) 1986



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Residents go for recycling gold! Every week local residents can win a town centre shopping voucher worth £50 by simply follow the recycling golden rules.

The competition aims to encourage local residents to help improve the quality and amount of recycling collected at the kerbside. There is no change to the way residents recycle - but everyone can make an extra effort to recycle more often and more efficiently. The environmental education team will be out and about every week to check local residents’ blue-lid recycling bins. If you are following the recycling golden rules your address will be entered into a weekly prize draw to win a £50 voucher for the Cleveland Centre in Middlesbrough town centre. If you are our lucky weekly winner the household will be notified and we will arrange a convenient time to award you with your £50 voucher prize.

Recycling golden rules: Place your recycling out for collection at the front of your property on the day stated on your calendar by 7am. Place these items loose (unbagged) in your blue lid bin or clear sack • cartons • food tins & drink cans • mixed glass bottles & jars • newspapers & magazines • paper & cardboard Use your black refuse bin or communal bin for these items • plastic film, wrapping, carrier bags, black sacks, sweet wrappers or crisp packets • food waste • takeaway pizza boxes • takeaway food containers • textiles • nappies


What happens if I recycle using clear sacks? Don’t worry you can still take part! Just present your clear sack as normal to have a chance of winning. To find out more about this competition, how to recycle or to download your recycling and refuse collection calendar please visit:

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What’s On Spring 2017







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The Thing That Came From Over There Simon Yates Keep It Cash John Suchet – Mozart Waterloo Royal Northern Sinfonia The Pantaloons – Pride and Prejudice The Chicago Blues Brothers Goldilocks (Northern Ballet) The Syd Lawrence Orchestra The Grumbleweeds Laughter Show


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The First Hippo on the Moon Oh Goody! – Tim Brooke-Taylor Motown’s Greatest Hits Chekhov’s Shorts The Woman in White

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Memory Lane Lee Nelson Lakme Titter Ye Not Spamalot The Six-Sided Man Big Girls Don’t Cry Alice in Wonderland (ballet)

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Prince Revelation Puppetry of the Penis The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Enjoy a voyage of discovery at the new look Captain Cook Birthplace Museum A highlight this Spring will be the re-opening of the new look Captain Cook Birthplace Museum and here we offer lovemiddlesbrough readers a sneak insight into what you can expect. A £500,000 grant - administered by the Arts Council - has allowed the refurbishment of the museum’s first floor, alongside the creation of a new temporary exhibition gallery within the main exhibition areas. The award has also enabled the development of new artefact, archive and handling collections and resources to enhance existing Cook collections at the museum, which sits proudly in the heart of the 120 acre Stewart Park. The new look museum will be christened with the opening of the ‘Gotta Catch ‘em All’ exhibition which explores the collection and preservation of natural history specimens in the 18th century and focuses on Captain Cook’s three voyages of discovery between 1768 and 1779. This is an inspiring exhibition which introduces the scientists and artists who sailed with Cook and their efforts to collect specimens from the natural world which were often unfamiliar to Europe. Look out for the red-tailed black cockatoo similar to those collected on Cook’s first voyage and brought back to the UK from Australia as live specimens! The Museum’s popular education provision has also been enhanced and is ready to welcome visiting schools and groups with more space and immersive opportunities for all.

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‘The Mess Deck’ will be themed on the main deck of a ship and features designs by local community artist Keith Peacock (below). Further study and research areas abound in the new look Museum and include a study gallery showcasing the fantastic Australian Aboriginal art and artefact collection which consists of hundreds of weapons, tools, domestic and personal items, alongside further new natural science collections from the continent. Brand new archival storage areas including the ‘Cabinets of Curiosities’ house purpose built facilities for over 5,000 catalogued items and the picture collection and has a showcase and storage area showing highlights from the collections.

The refurbishment also includes a new feature in the second voyage gallery relating to Cook’s exploration of the Southern Ocean around Antarctica, including a newlyacquired scratch-built model of Cook’s ship Resolution set amidst an ice island and ice flow mural and a new Easter Island mural. Building work is due to be completed by mid March to allow the fitting out of new specialist show cases and storage facilities over the following two weeks. During April, museum staff will reinstate the collections and set up the new dispays and education suite. Opening of the new look museum will take place in May. Further details will be posted when confirmed on

The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum website offers a host of information and fun activities for youngsters and adults alike. By visiting you can explore the extensive Cook collection of the British Library as well as local resources that trace the life of Captain Cook, his background and voyages and insight into his pioneering legacy. Children can have great fun accessing the interactive quizzes, games and other learning activities hosted by online shipmate Sid Scurvy.


A chat with Junaid Iqbal Middlesbrough-born and educated digital entrepreneur Junaid Iqbal talks to lovemiddlesbrough about starting up in business, his involvement in Mela and the warmth he feels in his hometown.

So Junaid, tell us a little about yourself… I was born in Acklam and went to Kader Primary and then Hall Garth School, Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough where I studied business, computing and media, then I did TV and Film Production at Teesside University where after three years I graduated with a first class degree. After that I started my own video production company Dotted Media and have also volunteered with the radio station Community Voice FM and am now on the Mela committee. Did you consider moving away from Teesside at some point, either for university or to start up in business? I chose Teesside University because it was on my home turf but also because of all the courses I had seen it was the most practical and something I wanted was hands on experience. Going on from that, if you go to places like Leeds or Manchester or London, the video production types of businesses are booming - but why can’t it be here? There’s nothing magically different about those places and anything you can do there you can do here in Middlesbrough. I think Middlesbrough is a homely place. At the end of the day if I walk down the street I see faces I know and you can start up conversations. That’s


what I like about Middlesbrough. I haven’t had a reason to leave to be honest with you. Has media production always been the route you wanted to go down? I kind of knew it was something to do with the media but I wasn’t sure what it was until I went to college and picked up the camera for the first time and because I was doing radio work and photographs I knew that I wanted to merge the two and do story-telling with both of them.

So what are your future plans for Dotted Media? I have seen a gap where people want the video production and promotion at affordable prices. I want to bring it to the masses. I want to help Middlesbrough businesses grow online. Video content is enormous and I want people in Middlesbrough to tap into that and make the most out of it. And tell us about your role with Mela… I have been involved in the Mela for

a number of years but it was while working at Community Voice FM that I got involved behind the scenes, getting interviews for broadcast, but it is only the last couple of years I have got involved on the committee. At the last Mela we had some new stuff going on, on the large screen in Centre Square and more interaction on social media such as Snapchat - that’s where my expertise comes in so I naturally fall into that role in terms of the committee. What are your thoughts on Mela’s role in Middlesbrough and its future? I think it’s brilliant, it’s one of the events where whoever you are you can go and have a good time with food and music and people. I think it’s a great thing for Middlesbrough to have and it’s been getting bigger and bigger. And what about Middlesbrough’s future? I think it’s definitely improving. You can see through the last couple of years how much development there has been. I think Middlesbrough’s aims and aspirations have got bigger in terms of what we are aiming towards. Finally, a recommendation of a favourite place in the town? I really like De Melo’s on Linthorpe Road, I’m quite the regular in there. The staff are great and it’s just a nice place to go and relax as it has a nice atmosphere.

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Sharing memories at the Dorman Museum

‘Memories of Middlesbrough’, an exhibition featuring a collection of photos donated by followers of the ‘Memories of Middlesbrough’ Facebook page is proving to be an extremely popular, ever growing exhibition at the Dorman Museum. The ‘Memories of Middlesbrough’ (MoM) Facebook page was created as a way to enable friends in other parts of the country to share memories and photographs of the town they grew up in. Over the past five years the page has rapidly grown in popularity and now has over 20,000 followers all with a common interest in Middlesbrough. Members of the page can share their memories of the town posting pictures and the site has become a way for friends and relatives to be reunited. The extensive picture exhibition covers existing streets and buildings alongside those that are long gone or have seen decades of change. There are also many social and family history pictures on display from days gone by. You can visit the facebook page at MemoriesofMiddlesbrough

‘Memories of Middlesbrough’ will be followed by an exciting new exhibition entitled ‘Tokyo to the Tees’ which promises to be a visually stunning journey through Middlesbrough’s past highlighting its links to Japan. The exhibition marks the 140th anniversary of Christopher Dresser’s visit to Japan in 1877 and is a chronological journey through

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Middlesbrough’s past and its connections with the country, from the visit of a Japanese delegation to Bolckow & Vaughan’s ironworks in 1872 until the outbreak of the Second World War. Housing loans from the British Museum, the Wellcome Collection, Durham University Oriental Museum and private collectors, this is certainly an exhibition not to be missed. ‘Tokyo to the Tees’ includes an interactive area where families can try costumes and learn about Japanese traditions. It runs at the Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough from May 30. Further detail including information about workshops and events is available from the Museum team on 01642 813781.

Visitors to the Dorman Museum can also enjoy the permanent exhibitions on display which give insight into local life and its influence on Britain and beyond. The Nelson Room houses the bequeathed collection of renowned Victorian ornithologist Thomas Hudson Nelson. His two volume book, “The Birds of Yorkshire”, is regarded as an important archive of birdlife at the turn of the century and he was a regular contributor to Natural History publications. Dating back to a time when gathering the eggs of wild birds was legal, and an important source of food for many, the collection is now irreplaceable and an important historical record. It also features hundreds of stuffed birds, many preserved by renowned Middlesbrough taxidermist George Mussel. Kev Howard’s remarkable and thought provoking d-FORMED exhibition continues at the Dorman throughout March and April. A full interview with Kev appeared in the last edition of lovemiddlesbrough and can be viewed online at Inset pic - Minton plate designed by Christopher Dresser. Main pic - Locals and milk carts from the Pierremont Dairy, photographed on Lovaine St in 1927


Spring 2017 Sirens of my relief Until Fri Mar 31 Python Gallery Free

Keep It CASH Fri Mar 3 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £16/£14

Solo exhibition by Dianne Bowell

Johnny Cash Tribute

From the Bob End Until Sat Apr 1 Dorman Museum Free Displays by Middlesbrough Football Club enthusiasts

International Women’s Day Sat Mar 4 • 9.30am-2pm The Curve, Teesside University Free

Inspirational conference

Live indie music

d-FORMED Until Sat Apr 1 Dorman Museum Free

Local Food Market Sat Mar 4 • 11am-3pm Dundas Arcade Shopping Centre

Special Brew presents The Neville Staple Band Sat Mar 4 • 7-11.30pm The Longlands Club £15

Striking photography by Kev Howard

Middlesbrough Collection Ongoing Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art Free Exhibition forms part of mima’s ten-year celebrations.

March The Thing That Came From Over There! Wed Mar 1 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £14/£12 Inspired by horror movies of the 1950s, a fast-paced ride!

Simon Yates My Mountain Life Thu Mar 2 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £14 Story behind “Touching the Void”

Comedy: Paul ‘Silky’ White Thu Mar 2 • 7-11pm Bedford Street Coffee £7

Local food market showcasing the best produce available in the town!

How Did We Get Here? Sat Mar 4 • 11am-7pm Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art Free A day of discussions

Kellenberger-White Sat Mar 4 - Sun Jun 4 Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art Free

Daniela Ortiz ABC of Racist Europe Sat Mar 4 - Sun Jun 4 Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art Free

Stephen Willats Human Right Sat Mar 4 - Sun Jun 4 Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art Free

Mozart - The Man Revealed by John Suchet Sat Mar 4 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £15/£13 Join the voice of Classic FM’s mornings

Cape Cub + Para Alta Sat Mar 4 • 7pm The House of Blah Blah £5 Ages 16+

The original rude boy

Waterloo The Best of ABBA Tribute Show Sun Mar 5 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £21.50

Royal Northern Sinfonia: March Wed Mar 8 • 7.45pm Middlesbrough Theatre £18 Classics up close

Part-time and Postgraduate Open Days Wed Mar 8 • 2pm - 7pm Teesside University Free

Kingsley Chapman Trashterpiece Thu Mar 9 - Fri Apr 21 The House of Blah Blah Art exhibition. Opening party on Thu Mar 9 at 7.30pm

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Pride and Prejudice Fri Mar 10 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £14/£12 Hilarious and delightfully innovative new adaptation

Folklines Fri Mar 10 • 7.30pm T.P. Coffee House £3 Music and spoken word

MFC: Boro V. Sunderland Sat Mar 11 • 3pm Riverside Stadium

The Kids Are Solid Gold is 10 Sat Mar 11 • 6pm Westgarth Social Club £12 Special 10 Years show headlined by the incredible Fatherson

The Chicago Blues Brothers Back in Black Tour Sat Mar 11 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £22/£20 Europe’s biggest and bestloved production of the Blues Brothers

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Tues Mar 14 • 11.30am Middlesbrough Theatre 1.30pm & 5pm Northern Ballet production

The Syd Lawrence Orchestra Fri Mar 17 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £18 Celebrate 50 glorious years of swing!

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What’s On MFC: Boro v Man Utd Sat Mar 18 • 3pm Riverside Stadium

Model Railway Show Weekend Sat Mar 18 - Sun Mar 19 Ormesby Hall £2.50 adults, £1 child 11am-4pm ormesbyhall

The Grumbleweeds Laughter Show Sat Mar 18 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £20/£18.50 Evening with the legendary comedy act

Orange Pip Market Sat Mar 25 Baker St & Bedford Street

Motown’s Greatest Hits: How Sweet It Is Fri Apr 7 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £22/£20 Motown celebration!

Folklines Fri Apr 7 • 7.30pm T.P. Coffee House £3 Music and spoken word

MFC: Boro v Burnley Sat Apr 8 • 3pm Riverside Stadium

Chekhov’s Shorts Sat Apr 8 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £14/£12 European Arts Company presents classic one-act farces

Transporter Bridge abseil Sun Mar 26 Tees Transporter Bridge Standard abseil £30/ Xtreme abseil £45

MFC: Boro v Burnley Tues Apr 18 • 3pm Riverside Stadium

Brutus Gold presents All Night Long: The Ultimate 80s Party Fri Mar 31 • 8pm - 1am The Hub at Teesside University from £10 • Ages 18+

April The First Hippo on the Moon Sat Apr 1 • 2pm Middlesbrough Theatre £11 David Walliams’ tale

Oh Goody! Wed Apr 5 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £17/£15 with Tim Brooke-Taylor and Chris Serle

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MFC: Boro v Arsenal Sat Apr 15 • 3pm Riverside Stadium

Teesside Festival Fri Apr 21 - Mon Apr 24 6pm Teesside University Students Union Salsa congress

Transporter Bridge abseil Sun Apr 23 Tees Transporter Bridge Standard abseil £30/ Xtreme abseil £45 Abseil from the iconic bridge

Stockton Duathlon Sun Apr 23 • 9am Stockton Riverside

Open Day event Tues Apr 25 • 5-8pm Middlesbrough College

Folklines Fri May 12 • 7.30pm T.P. Coffee House • £3 Music and spoken word

Players from Royal Northern Sinfonia: April Fri Apr 28 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Central Library £12/£11/Students £6

Spamalot Mon May 15 - Sat May 20 7.15pm (6.15pm Sat May 20) Middlesbrough Theatre £15/Under 14 £10

Chamber Concert

Orange Pip Market Sat Apr 29 • 12-7pm Baker St & Bedford St

MFC: Boro v Man City Sat Apr 29 • 3pm Riverside Stadium

May 2017 Memory Lane: The Ultimate Feelgood Show Wed May 3 2.30pm & 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £14.50/£13.50/Matinee £10 A musical journey from the 1950s to the 1970s

Serious Joker: Lee Nelson Fri May 5 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £20 • No age restriction (parental guidance advised) Acclaimed character comedian

Lakme presented by Swansea City Opera Sat May 6 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £18/£16.50 A jewel of an opera

Titter Ye Not Thu May 11 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £11 Celebrating one of Britain’s greatest comedians, Frankie Howerd

The Monty Python musical presented by Teesside Musical Theatre Company

Distinctly Delicious Food Festival Sat May 13 - Sun May 14 10am – 5pm Darlington (various locations, TBC)

MFC: Boro v Southampton Sat May 13 • 3pm Riverside Stadium

Lowly Sun May 14 • 7pm Westgarth Social Club • £9 Live music

Transporter Bridge abseil Sun May 21 Tees Transporter Bridge Standard abseil £30/ Xtreme abseil £45 Abseil from the iconic bridge

The Six Sided Man Thu May 25 • 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £14/£12

Orange Pip Market Sat May 27 12-7pm Baker St & Bedford St

Princess Nokia Wed May 31 • 7.30pm Teesside University Student Union £12 Age: 14+ Live music


Ward Surgeries Mayor


The elected Mayor of Middlesbrough, Dave Budd (Lab) can be contacted at:


01642 291472 or

Councillor Shamal Biswas (Lab)

Councillor Peter Purvis (Lab)

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Barry Coppinger Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, regularly attends community meetings across the force area. For details visit: and search for “your force your voice” He can be contacted at or via his office on 01642 301653.

MPs Tom Blenkinsop MP (Lab) Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland 01287 610878 or East Cleveland Mar 10 • 3pm - 4.30pm Guisborough 21 Apr • 3pm - 4.30pm Middlesbrough South May 12 • 3pm - 4.30pm Please call for location details and to make an appointment.

Andy McDonald MP (Lab) Middlesbrough 01642 246574 or Unit 4, Broadcasting House, Newport Road, TS1 5JA Mar 10, Apr 14, May 12 • 4pm - 6pm Please call to make an appointment. In addition to the listed Ward Surgeries, Councillors marked ‘*’ also hold regular Street Surgeries. Residents will be leafleted in advance of visits.

Key: Lab Labour Con Conservative Ind Independent MIG Marton Independent Group MICA Middlesbrough Independent Councillors’ Association

01642 827270 or 11 Buttermere Avenue, Acklam Mar 6, 20, April 3, 17, May 1, 15 5pm - 6pm

Councillor Sheila Dean (Lab) 01642 913625 or Newham Bridge Primary School Mar 13, 27, Apr 24, May 8, 22 • 5pm - 6pm Term time only.

Ayresome Councillor Denise Rooney (Lab)* 01642 821054 or

Councillor Bernie Taylor (Lab)* 01642 821995 or Acklam Green Centre, Stainsby Road Mar 28, Apr 25, May 30 • 5pm - 6pm Acklam Library, Acklam Road Mar 21, Apr 28, May 26 • 4pm - 5pm

Berwick Hills & Pallister Councillor Eddie Dryden (Lab) 01642 879091 or

Councillor Julie McGee (Lab)

01642 291472 or Thorntree Community Hub, Birkhall Road Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Apr 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25 • 12.30pm - 1.30pm Mar 11, 25, Apr 8, 22, May 6, 20 10am - 11am Home Start Shop, Marshall Avenue, Brambles Farm Mar 14, 28, Apr 11, 25, May 9, 23 10am - 12pm

Central Councillor Linda Lewis (Lab)* 01642 646652 or

Councillor Matthew Storey (Lab)* 01642 985393 or

Councillor Zafar Uddin (Lab)* 01642 820613 or St. Aidan’s Meeting Room, Grange Road West Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6 • 10am - 11am Breckon Hill Community Centre Mar 11, Apr 8, May 13 • 10am - 11am Hazel & Elder Court Meeting Room Mar 18, Apr 15, May 20 • 10am - 11am

07753 328395 or

Coulby Newham

Councillor Mick Thompson (Lab)

07724 045998 or

01642 288883 or The Neptune Centre, Ormesby Road Mar 4, 11, 18, 25, Apr 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27 • 10am - 11am Langridge Initiative Centre, Langridge Crescent Mar 7, Apr 4, May 2 10am - 11am

Brambles & Thorntree Councillor Terence Lawton (Ind) 01642 288769 or Pallister Court Community Centre, Brambles Farm Mar 4, 11, 18, 25, Apr 1, 8, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27 10am - 11am

Please note that this information is correct at the time of going to press and may be subject to change. You can also visit


Councillor Geraldine Purvis (Lab)

Councillor David Branson (Lab)

Councillor Janice Brunton (Lab) 07876 137604 or

Councillor John Cole (Lab) 01642 276323 or Councillors hold Street Surgeries throughout the month and can be contacted by telephone if required.

Hemlington Councillor Jeanette Walker (Lab)* 01642 276732 or

Councillor Nicky Walker (Lab)* 01642 591473 or Hemlington Library Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Apr 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25 • 5pm

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Kader Councillor Ron Arundale (Con) 01642 288504 or 121 Ruskin Avenue, Acklam Mar 7, 21, Apr 4, 18, May 2, 16 6pm - 7pm Councillor Jordan Blyth (Lab)* 07818 857783 or St Margaret’s Church Hall, The Oval Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6 • 10am - 11am

Ladgate Councillor Mike Carr (Lab) 01642 590111 or Councillor June Goodchild (Lab) 01642 323591 or Easterside Hub Mar 4, 18, Apr 1, 15, May 6, 20 10.30am - 11.30am

Linthorpe Councillor Stephen Bloundele (Lab) 01642 820011 or Councillor Naweed Hussain (Lab) 07766 252524 or Friends’ Meeting House, 131 Cambridge Road Mar 14, 28, Apr 11, 25, May 9, 23 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Longlands & Beechwood Councillor Teresa Higgins (Lab)* 07847 097379 or Councillor Charles Rooney (Lab)* 01642 821054 or Councillor Joan McTigue (Ind) 01642 827073 or Councillor McTigue is happy to see residents in their home or hers. Please call or email for an appointment.

Marton East Councillor Dorothy Davison (MIG) 01642 275489 or

Councillor Tom Mawston (MIG) 01642 274054 or Marton Community Centre Mar 7, Apr 4, May 2 • 9am - 10am Mar 23, Apr 27, May 25 • 5pm - 6pm Marton Library, The Willows Mar 11, Apr 8, May 13 • 11am - 12pm

Marton West Councillor Chris Hobson (Con)* 01642 313154 or Councillor John Hobson (Con)* Councillors hold Street Surgeries throughout the month and residents will be leafleted the day before Councillors are due in their road. Alternatively, residents can call to make an appointment to meet with Councillors Hobson to discuss any issues or concerns they may have.

Newport Councillor Bob Brady (Lab)* 01642 311785 or Councillor Tracy Harvey (Lab)* 01642 279913 or cllrtracy_harvey@ Councillor Alma Hellaoui (Lab)* 07519 365252 or Streets Ahead for Information, Parliament Road Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Apr 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25 • 10am - 11am

North Ormesby Councillor Lewis Young (Lab)* 07999 935357 or Infopoint, 8 Kings Road, North Ormesby Mar 7, Apr 4, May 2 11am - 12pm The Hub, Derwent Street Mar 21, Apr 18, May 16 • 11am - 12pm

Nunthorpe Councillor Lesley McGloin (Ind)* 07919 174207 or

Councillor Jon Rathmell (Ind)* Nunthorpe Institute, The Avenue School Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 24, May 8, 15, 22 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Park Councillor Frances McIntyre (Lab) 01642 290397 or Councillor Julia Rostron (Lab) 01642812824or Councillor Margaret Walters (Lab) 01642 822682 or Linthorpe Community Centre, Linthorpe Road Mar 14, 28, Apr 11, 25, May 9, 23 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Park End & Beckfield Councillor Peter Cox (MICA) 07963 624792 or Councillor Brian Hubbard (MICA) 01642 500419 or Councillor Michael Saunders (MICA) 07505 473922 or North Ormesby Club & Institute, Ormesby Road Mar 14, Apr 11, May 9 • 1pm - 2pm Ormesby Club & Institute, High St, Ormesby Mar 22, Apr 26, May 31 12.30pm - 1.30pm Glastonbury House, Lindisfarne Road Mar 27, Apr 24, May 22 • 4pm - 5pm

Stainton & Thornton Councillor David Coupe (Con)

Trimdon Councillor Dennis McCabe (MICA) 07847 305660 or Salvation Army, Trimdon Avenue Mar 13, Apr 10, May 8 • 6pm - 7pm Councillor Jean Sharrocks (Lab)* 01642 591335 or

The next scheduled full Council meeting date is: Wed Mar 1, 29, May 17 • 7pm Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Middlesbrough. These meetings are open to the public and are also available online

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3rd – 5th March 2017 Celebrating locally sourced food and drink

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Love Middlesbrough Spring 2017  

The Spring 2017 edition of Love Middlesbrough magazine.

Love Middlesbrough Spring 2017  

The Spring 2017 edition of Love Middlesbrough magazine.