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Chris Kamara - Mr Unbelievable returns to Middlesbrough Snow Centre unveiled Save 20% at the Dundas Indoor Market Achieve your dreams through Community Learning WIN! A family VIP day out at Lightwater Valley PLUS your comprehensive What’s On guide; events, theatre, live music, the arts and more! Published by:

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Welcome to the latest edition of lovemiddlesbrough and whilst some might hope for a heatwave summer, the town can also look forward to snow all year round. As our latest investment update outlines, plans have been passed for a Snow Centre to be built at Middlehaven. An exciting tourist attraction, unique to the region, the Snow Centre offers a wide range of sports activities and will provide an all year round boost to the local economy with over two million visitors a year. It’s further evidence that the bold vision outlined in the town’s recently unveiled Investment Prospectus is becoming a reality. I’m delighted that Middlesbrough born and raised Chris Kamara is featured in this edition. I’m of a vintage that remembers Chris as a tough tackling midfielder but nowadays he’s probably better known for his work as a TV presenter. It’s fair to say Chris experienced a very challenging time as a youngster growing up in Middlesbrough in the sixties and seventies and then as a professional footballer. The story of how he has overcome prejudice to succeed and his belief that Britain has changed for the better is ultimately uplifting and an inspiration to us all. Inclusion is an important right for all residents and I have recently met Parents4Change several times. They are an inspirational group that campaigns and provides support for the parents and carers of children with disability, with very little resource. I have immense respect for these volunteers and the help and support they provide, we feature their work in this edition and I would urge anyone caring for a child with disability to get in touch. Many young people will be considering their options over the summer and there are a range of education and training opportunities in the town. Middlesbrough College and Teesside University provide an excellent range of courses and we also feature in this edition the work of Community Learning which offers apprenticeships and flexible training and academic programmes. Of course education isn’t restricted to the young and there are opportunities for all ages and backgrounds. I’m sure it won’t have escaped anyone’s attention that there is a General Election on June 8. Whatever your views, please do use your vote. Finally, some offers not to be missed. Use the code inside this magazine to save up to 40% off tickets at Lightwater Valley and try your luck at winning a free family VIP day out at the North Yorkshire theme park. Also, a double offer at Middlesbrough’s popular Dundas Market, a voucher to save 20% off certain purchases and a special offer for anyone considering opening up a stall. Enjoy the summer,

Tony Parkinson Interim Chief Executive, Middlesbrough Council

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In this issue... Gleeson homes selling fast......................................................... 2 Chief Executive’s welcome......................................................... 3 News in brief about your town.............................................4-5 Community Learning - education for all....................... 6-7 Still time to enrol on a Teesside University course............. 8 Middlesbrough’s exciting future........................................ 9-12 Celebrating our armed forces...................................................13 Fathers’ Day at the Riverside....................................................14 WIN a VIP day out at Lightwater Valley.............................15 Dundas offers the best deals in town........................... 16-17 Maths and English on offer at Middlesbrough College.... 18 Beat the scammers - with the PCC....................................... 19 Tips for a healthier life......................................................... 20-21 Boro stars’ Foundation work....................................................22 Chris Kamara – winner in life...........................................23-26 Learn to swim with Everyone Active.................................27 Could you foster or adopt?....................................................... 28 First Tees Valley Mayor elected.............................................29 Celebrate local food with Growing Middlesbrough.....30 MIND bridges the generation gap.......................................... 31 Save time, go online for council service............................32 Help for families with disabled children...........................33 New live well centre for happier lives.................................34 Specialist team to help new home owners......................35 Recycling.............................................................................................36 Your guide to summer in the ‘boro.................................................. 37 Return of Mela.................................................................................................38 Town Hall memories..................................................................................39 Meet street artist Sean Sims................................................................40 Strictly stars among theatre events...............................................41 New look Captain Cook Birthplace Museum unveiled.......42 Dorman explores Teesside’s Tokyo links...................................43 Your essential summer listings guide..................................44-45 Ward surgeries – how to contact your local councillor......46-47 Tuck into the Town Meal........................................................................48

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News in brief A NETWORK of four self-help touchscreen kiosks have been developed across Middlesbrough, meaning that people can find advice easily, and often without having to travel from their own area, finding answers to common issues including debt, welfare benefits, housing, employment, and family & relationships. FUNDRAISING for the Eighth Plinth, the campaign for Middlesbrough’s first female statue is underway. Following a public poll, with votes coming in as far afield as California, Poland and Australia, the winner was announced as Ellen Wilkinson MP (above). Fundraising has now started in earnest and events will be taking place to raise awareness and funds for the statue. Early discussions have taken place with Ashalls regarding the Centre Square development with a view to the Ellen Wilkinson statue being in that locale. A female sculptor will be chosen to create the statue as the campaign progresses.


Kiosks are located at: · Central Library ·  Hemlington Library ·  Citizens Advice Middlesbrough (main reception) ·  Newport Community Hub There are also plans to expand the network of self-help advice units in late spring/early summer 2017.

In just a few weeks the fund had topped £1,700 - enough to buy a first defibrillator and start the drive for a second machine.


When Dr Gill Owens altruistically donated a kidney in March 2015, little did she think it would lead to her being invited to take part in the World Transplant Games. She is now training to compete in the 100m sprint representing Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the sporting event taking place in Malaga in June, as it is the first time donors have been invited to compete. The Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Management in the University’s School of Social Sciences, Business & Law, said: “I am really looking forward to representing my country.”


If any organisation would like their service to be listed on the kiosk programme, please email John Mitchell, at Citizens Advice Middlesbrough 

.................................. A KEY town centre mobility service

has marked more than a year in its new home. Shopmobility has been based at Middlesbrough Cycle Centre in the Bus Station since April 1 last year. Run by Middlesbrough Environment City, the services lends out scooters, manual wheelchairs and walkers to people with mobility needs.

ONE of the region’s most popular venues just got a little safer thanks to some fleet-footed fundraisers. A brand new life-saving defibrillator has been unveiled at Stewart Park following a charitable drive by some of the venue’s Parkrunners.

A Teesside University academic is preparing to compete in a major international sporting event as a result of donating a kidney to a complete stranger.

Active Travel Administrator Margaret Tonkin said: “The first year has been a great success with lots of users commenting on how they like the service being located in the bus station. “Since we opened last year we have seen 81 people becoming members and regular users, 286 non-members registering to use the service and on average we have 12 users per day. “We hope that the service continues to be as successful in the future and individuals who need a little help with their mobility will consider using us.”

COMMUNITY leaders have joined forces in a commitment to the future of a historic part of Middlesbrough. The signing of the North Ormesby Pledge will give fresh impetus to improvements in the area’s economy, housing provision and community safety. A Community and Wellbeing plan will address the challenges facing the community with a view to strengthening partnership working while seeking opportunities for further investment in North Ormesby. Existing housing stock will be improved, alongside the quality of the housing to create a more sustainable community in which home ownership is desirable which has a more stable population and comparatively low rates of anti-social behaviour.

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RISING stars at Middlesbrough Council have represented the authority in a prestigious national competition. The Young Local Authority of the Year competition puts the spotlight on those in the early stages of their careers in local government. The Council was ably represented by NE Migration Partnership Project Support Officer Tyla Jones, and Commissioning Officer Jonathan Townshend. For their pre-prepared argument about an issue of current interest or controversy, Tyla and Jonathan chose to discuss the myths around refugees and asylum-seekers. Jon said: “We were both really proud to represent Middlesbrough, and we’re grateful to everyone the Council and those involved with organising the event for the opportunity and for all the encouragement along the way.”


A SCHEME aimed at improving local housing provision has marked a successful first year. The Selective Landlord Licensing initiative was launched in North Ormesby in 2016 to improve standards in the private rented sector. Under the scheme all private rented properties are required to be licensed by the Council, with the licenceholder required to meet certain ‘fit and proper person’ criteria. Licence conditions include the carrying out of pre-tenancy reference and annual gas safety checks, as well as the provision of tenancy agreements and having a plan to address anti-social behaviour by tenants. Over the last 12 months the team has exceeded its expectations by receiving 608 applications which represents 81% of the licensable properties.

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LOCAL heroes have been celebrated at this year’s Tees Valley BME Achievement Awards. The Awards - now in their ninth year - are a celebration of the area’s 43,000-strong BME community makes an invaluable contribution to the economy and vibrant social mix of the whole region. This year’s Lifetime Achievement award winner was Ghafoor Hussain - pictured above being presented his award by Pete Widlinski of Justice First. BME Network Partnership Manager Idrees Rashid added: “The awards go from strength to strength, and once again we’ve put the individual and collective achievements of the diverse communities that make up the vibrant Tees Valley firmly in the spotlight.”

.................................. MIDD LESBROUGH Council will be celebrating Carers’ Week 2017, from June 12-18 with a number of events highlighting carer friendly services and organisations which make a difference.

Many people don’t see themselves as a Carer when in fact they are. An Adult Carer is anyone aged over 18 who provides unpaid care for a family member or another person in need of help or support with daily living; someone who can’t and wouldn’t be able to cope on their own. Kinship Carers are relatives who provide full time (either temporary or permanent) caring support for a child or children of parents who are not able to provide such care and support. A Young Carer is a person under 18 who provides or is expected to provide care for another person. The other person can be of any age as long as there is no payment being made for the work and it is not a contracted voluntary position. Young Carers often take on practical and emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. Adult Carers in Middlesbrough can receive help through

The town’s Financial Inclusion Group aims to provide everyone with access to appropriate financial advice and so empower them with the opportunity, ability and confidence to make financial decisions and manage money effectively. In just two years the unclaimed benefit campaign has helped local people receive over £5m of financial entitlement they had previously been missing out on. Those helped included workers made redundant, low income families, carers, students, the recently retired, single parents and others. The Live Well Centre will be hosting several advice sessions in June. They are open to all, just turn up on the day.

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.................................. Teesside has it’s own TV channel following the launch of a new station. Made in Teesside is available on Freeview 7 and Virgin 159, 24 hours a day. Jamie Conway, CEO of Made Television, ‘We are very excited to be bringing Made Television to viewers in Teesside. Our commitment to provide local content that reflects the lives and aspirations of our viewers has been very successful to date. “We are also committed to providing opportunities for local people to get involved in what we do and we’re looking forward to working with the local community.” One of the locally made shows featured on the channel is RedArmy TV a Boro fans show - made by Boro fans. RedArmy’s owner, former Boro commentator and local businessman, Dave Roberts, said “it’s fantastic for the Boro fans TV show to be broadcast across Teesside.”


Achieve your dreams through Community Learning Middlesbrough Council Community Learning has been a proud provider of high quality learning opportunities for over 30 years. They engage with employers, employees, apprentices, trainees, volunteers and people of all ages and abilities. A focal point for the local community and businesses, they provide a wealth of courses, advice and development opportunities for adults and young people. Being part of Middlesbrough Council, Community Learning has a duty and responsibility to deliver to the needs of the local community and businesses. They offer impartial information, advice and guidance in all areas of training, education, employment and career development; have access to funding for businesses and learners and can advise on suitable options and availability. Graded Good with outstanding features in the most recent Ofsted inspection, Middlesbrough Community Learning offers a diverse range of training and opportunities. These include apprenticeships, traineeships, voluntary work, vocational courses, commercial and business training courses, staff development, support into work, introductory leisure courses, bespoke training and much more.

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Apprentices rise to the challenge! Young people from Middlesbrough came out on top in a recent region wide challenge held as part of Apprenticeship Week. The team of apprentices from Middlesbrough Council Middlesbrough Community Learning Service beat off stiff competition from Darlington, Hartlepool, Redcar and Stockton to win the multiactivity challenge that included Archery, Den Building, Team Games and Orienteering. The winning team members from Middlesbrough (pictured left to right) were Laura Harrison, Dillon Newton, Amelia Graham, Chloe Gill and Holly


Davies. They were awarded a medal and each received a congratulatory gift voucher. Ann White the Apprenticeships Co-ordinator for Middlesbrough Community Learning said: “Our team excelled themselves with their enthusiasm and team spirit. They are a credit to Middlesbrough Council and their respective employing organisations. I was very proud of their performance and their positive approach to each activity. Well done!”

This was the fifth year of the Tees Valley Apprenticeship Challenge. The challenge took place at Hartlepool’s Summerhill outdoor Activity Centre and was hosted by Darlington Council. A great day enjoyed by all and Middlesbrough Council look forward to hosting next year’s event. Employers and would-be apprentices can find out more about Middlesbrough Council – Middlesbrough Community Learning apprenticeships by calling Ann White on 01642 729678

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Jordan’s journey - from Burger King to business apprentice “I did not know much about jobs or apprenticeships when I left school. I got a job at Burger King and realised that it wasn’t for me. I applied to college and after two years gained an IT Business Applications qualification. I heard about the apprenticeship programme at Middlesbrough Community Learning and was successful in gaining a place as an apprentice within Middlesbrough Council’s Troubled Families team. My daily work and training includes a wide variety of administration work and I have learned a lot including data handling, communication skills and task management and organisation. I really feel that I am part of the team here. I now have a better idea of what I might like to do in the future. I feel more independent as I now have my own money and can pay for more leisure activities. My confidence has grown as I am meeting different people on a daily basis.

After my apprenticeship I would like to gain a job in a similar role. I would like to progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Business and Administration. I will apply internally with Middlesbrough Council for any suitable vacancies.

Work Based Learning via an Apprenticeship works for me as I am gaining valuable experience in my role and qualifications to go onto my CV which will help me in applying for jobs in the future.”

............................................................................................................. Savvy Hair and Beauty After leaving school without the grades for college, Lisa Fallow turned to Community Learning - now she runs her own hair and beauty salon and training business. “I started at 17 with a basic make-up course at the local community centre and knew straight away I had made the right choice. The tutor made me feel equal, she had respect and didn’t look down on me. It inspired me to want to help people.” said Lisa. Armed with her qualifications from Community Learning, Lisa was then able to access the necessary college course to gain National Vocational Qualifications and then approached Community Learning again in 2004 to begin gaining teaching qualifications. “Community Learning gave me the opportunity to teach on a voluntary basis, to gain the teaching hours required to complete my training. I completed two years delivering beauty courses throughout Middlesbrough within local community centres” said Lisa. “I saw first hand the positive impact community learning can have

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on people’s lives as we delivered to communities from different backgrounds and beliefs.” Lisa graduated from Teesside University with a Certificate in Education in 2007 and used her skills and qualifications to set up her own private training academy to offer short courses in hair and beauty within the community. She has now seen 450 people undergo training with many going on to find jobs or set up their own salons. A mum of six, Lisa said: “College was not convenient for me as running a

business, family and a house is hard work and if it wasn’t for community learning being flexible, part time and local within my community centre, I personally would not be where I am today. “I owe my success to community learning and the inspiring tutors they have working for them as this is where my journey began. I feel community learning gives hope to the people of Middlesbrough, enabling them to turn aspirations into reality.”


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The bold ambition of the recently launched Middlesbrough Investment Prospectus, which outlines how the town will be transformed in seven key areas, is becoming a reality. The following three pages provide updates on the major developments planned for Middlehaven, including the Snow Centre and Dock Bridge. There have also been other significant developments since the last edition of lovemiddlesbrough which include Ashall Projects Ltd submitting a planning application to build five high quality office buildings to the east of Centre Square (above) which would bring with it 1,500 new jobs. Middlesbrough Town Hall’s multimillion pound renovation is also now well underway, as is the building of the Premier Inn behind Jury’s Inn, proposals have been made to turn Vancouver House into a hotel and big name national chains are showing confidence in the town by coming to do business, such as Turtle Bay, the Disney Store and Krispy Kreme, to name but three. The unveiling in the near future of the masterplan for the Railway Station and Historic Quarter will bring further positive news for the town centre and outline how historic buildings can be protected whilst also stimulating investment and so play a vital role in the regeneration of an area.

Away from the town centre, a key Middlesbrough investment priority is for growth and prosperity through housing, with the aim of creating 7,000 new homes by 2029. The building of modern, high quality housing is crucial if Middlesbrough is to retain and grow its population as a key driver in wealth generation and the delivery of good quality public services. To put this into perspective, the next three years will see over 1,600 homes built in the town, potentially yielding council tax and new homes bonus of over £7m that can be ploughed back into vital public services. One current development which is proving extremely successful is Gleeson Homes’ Acklam Gardens site. Both the local community and the council have strongly supported Gleeson’s development of the land, which, by completion will see 304 semi and detached homes built for private sale. The first 13 homes, which were priced from £94,995, were snapped up off-plan by local buyers as soon as the Sales Office opened just after Christmas and the house builder is now receiving a high demand of



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registrations from locals eager to move in. The investment plans tie together the seven key areas of Middlehaven, Centre Square, Business and Enterprise, the Railway Station and Historic Quarter, the University Quarter, Teesside Media and Innovation Village and Housing. They will see Middlesbrough Council invest £74m in order to create inward investment of more than £600m with the creation of around 5,000 new jobs, making it the vibrant city heart of the Tees Valley and a major destination for visitors and investors alike. Middlesbrough has a proud history forged by the skills and innovation of its people, to find out more about the town’s exciting future, visit


Middlehaven welcomes snow forecast

Millions of new visitors and hundreds of new jobs - Middlesbrough’s Snow Centre development is set to help transform the town’s city ambitions into a reality. The £30m Middlehaven development - the work of private Teesside company Cool Runnings (NE) Ltd - recently received unanimous backing from Middlesbrough Council’s planning committee allowing it to take a major step forward. Rachael Howson, of Cool Runnings (NE) Ltd, said: “We are delighted that planning permission has been approved and would like to thank everyone who has worked on the proposals so far. We are extremely excited to be moving into the next stage of the development process and we are aiming for an opening date of September 2019.” It is estimated that when up and running the Snow Centre could attract 2.25m visitors a year and will create 350 jobs. Middlesbrough Council has recently


unveiled its own plans to invest £74m in order to attract up to £700m of private sector investment and create thousands of new jobs and new homes with the ultimate aim of cementing Middlesbrough’s place as the city centre of a prosperous Tees Valley region. The Snow Centre’s place within Middlesbrough’s wider regeneration has been welcomed across the town with Cool Runnings themselves pointing to “massive spin-off benefits”. Speaking to lovemiddlesbrough, Middlesbrough College Principal Zoe Lewis said: “Middlesbrough College is very excited about this development and the huge possibilities it affords Middlehaven and the wider Tees Valley. We have worked closely with the developers to maximise the benefits of the

site and the co-location next to the College and its 15,000 students and 1,000 staff. I know our students are extremely excited for it to open and I have no doubt it will attract visitors from far and wide and bring in further investment into what is fast becoming a leading education and leisure destination.” Damon Roberts, General Manager of Middlesbrough’s Jurys Inn, said: “I think it’s very positive for the town. It should bring much needed leisure business, bringing people in from outside the region. We would expect some of those would want to stay overnight. It also helps Middlehaven and keeps that moving forward.” Carli-Jayne McNaught, owner of the Olde Young Tea House on Grange Road and Hit The Bar on Bridge Street East, said: “There’s nothing

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“ will attract visitors from far and wide and bring in further investment into what is fast becoming a leading education and leisure destination.” Zoe Lewis, Middlesbrough College Principal

like that around so for our area to get it is great and it’s the perfect place to put it. I want to see that area on the up because it’s really nice up there. I think it will absolutely boom in the next few years, that’s why we wanted to be there with Hit The Bar - there’s loads of scope over that side of town.” Stephen Brown, Senior Partner at Middlesbroughbased commercial property consultants Dodds Brown, said: “The approval of the Snow Centre is fantastic news and will prove to be not only a catalyst for development within the Middlehaven project but also in the wider area. It clearly demonstrates the ambition of Middlesbrough Council and their determination to bring investment to the area. I cannot wait to give it a go!”

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Soon after the planning application was approved it was announced that Ice Factor Group who run two successful snow centres in Scotland, were in talks to become the operators of the Middlehaven facility. Jamie Smith, the mountaineer and entrepreneur who opened Ice Factor Kinlochleven in 2003 and acquired Snow Factor Braehead in 2011, believes his team’s successful bid to operate for the first time outside Scotland underlines the strength of his business model. He said: “As a near identical setup to our Scottish operations, it’s a development that will benefit from all of the finely tuned and proven

business processes that we’ve put in place over six years of trading at Snow Factor Braehead. “A decade ago, skiing and snowboarding indoors on real snow was possibly perceived by many as a gimmick. Today I believe Snow Factor Braehead is increasingly recognised as a significant Scottish snowsports destination and player in our strong adventure tourism sector. “Year round, we are giving tens of thousands of people the opportunity to enjoy the thrill and fun of snowsports and we now look forward to delivering similar success in England.”


Crossing the Tees

The building of a new road bridge which will open up Middlehaven is set to get underway. The development will see the creation of a new three-lane bridge at Middlehaven Dock, with associated highway and infrastructure improvements. The £9 million scheme represents the next major phase in the regeneration of Middlehaven, and will provide vital access to the site to the north of the Riverside Stadium. The bridge will create a new road route via Shepherdson Way, taking motorists, cyclists and pedestrians from the A66 across the dock and past Anish Kapoor’s monumental Temenos sculpture. The new crossing, which can be lifted if needed to allow access from the river into the dock, will replace

£700m investment 5,500 new houses 5,000 jobs 200,000 sq ft Grade A office space


the existing footbridge which was installed following the removal of an earlier swing bridge by the Teesside Development Corporation. The plans will boost existing Middlehaven enterprises and play a vital role in supporting proposals such as the snow centre on the north side of the dock. The development, which is being assisted by £3.93m from the Local Growth Fund, will also create further opportunities for the regeneration of the dock as a marina and centre for water sports and leisure use. Sharon Thomas, Middlesbrough Council’s Director of Economic Development and Infrastructure, said: “Middlehaven has really started

to gather momentum in the last few years, and we’re now seeing the sort of proposals that will take it on to the next level. “It’s one of the region’s most important regeneration areas, so it’s vital that we invest in it to help Middlesbrough’s development as the city heart of the Tees Valley. “This bridge and the associated highways and other improvements will help to unlock the area’s huge potential, and pave the way for further growth. “Forward-thinking, ambitious schemes like this are essential if we are to attract inward investment and new businesses to the town.”

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Something for young and old alike on Armed Forces Day This year’s Armed Forces Day will take pride of place in the heart of Middlesbrough Town Centre on Saturday June 17. The wide range of events marks the annual day of recognition, formally known as Veterans Day, that acknowledges the wider role our Armed Forces personnel play in communities throughout the UK as well as their sacrifice in ongoing global conflict. Join us on Linthorpe Road and Corporation Road between 10am and 4pm for a packed day including an exhibition of military vehicles and motorbikes, climbing wall, paintballing, face painting, traditional games and much more. A lunch time tea dance offers the chance of a twirl and there’ll be bluebirds over Middlesbrough thanks to a special performance by members of the Doo Wop Dollies (right), singing classics from the 20s, 30s and 40s.

Armed Forces Day Middlesbrough is supported by The Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation’s Golden Giveaway.

For more information or to get involved please contact Leanne Littlewood on 01642 729135


A fitting tribute to Middlesbrough hero A statute to mark the centenary of Tom Dresser VC being awarded the Victoria Cross has been unveiled in the gardens of Middlesbrough’s Dorman Museum. Born near York, Tom Dresser moved to Middlesbrough as a child and attended St John’s and Hugh Bell High School and then worked at Dorman Long’s Dock Street Foundry before signing up when war broke out. On May 12 1917, during a First World War battle near Roeux in France, the call went up for a volunteer for a hazardous mission. The 7th Yorkshires had won a strategically important trench but were pinned down by heavy gunfire and running short of ammunition, a man was needed for the seemingly impossible task to get word back to Battalion Headquarters. Private Dresser, 24, answered the call and after reaching HQ set off back to the frontline with two other soldiers carrying orders from HQ and sacks of bombs. Despite being shot twice he made it back across no-mans land, crawling the last 50 yards. After delivering the orders and bombs he blacked out but

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his efforts ensured the position was held until re-inforcements arrived.

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He was evacuated to Wrexham Hospital for treatment and on July 21, his arm still in a sling, received the Victoria Cross from King George V at Buckingham Palace for “conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty.” A centenary stone marking the 100 years since the presentation has also been unveiled alongside the statue in a ceremony attended by several of Tom’s surviving relatives. The statue was sculptured by Brian Alabaster whose statue of another Teesside VC hero, World War Two Green Howard Stan Hollis, stands near Middlesbrough Cenotaph. A modest and unassuming man, Tom returned to Dorman Long after the war before taking over the family’s newsagent business. He ran the shop on Marton Road for 40 years, keeping his precious medal in a tobacco tin behind the counter. Tom Dresser VC died, aged 90, in 1982 and is buried with his wife, Theresa, in Thorntree Cemetery.





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candles to mirrors and mobile phone and tablet repairs. There’s a 20% off coupon for use on any single transaction over £5 in the indoor market, so cut that out and bring it along! When you have finished, relax with a drink and a meal in Jean’s Kitchen at the heart of the market. On the last Friday and Saturday of every month our fabulous Food and Craft Market sees another 20 market stalls join our regular traders to bring you more local food, drink and gifts. And there’s regular events in the centre for all ages. To keep in touch, find us at or follow us on Twitter @TheDundasMarket


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where business grows If you have been trading collectibles on eBay, selling your crafty goods on Etsy or are always on the go with your mobile salon, Dundas market wants to hear from you. In a bid to help entrepeneurs take the step from selling online or to friends and family to operating from a town centre location, Dundas indoor market is offering free pitches for a week and then for as little as £10 a day. Auntie Ambas Treats and Sweets, Ebenezer Hair Boutique and Brickyard Bakery, among others, have opened new units in the indoor market in the last 12 months, while many businesses which started

in the indoor market, such as the Festival Shop, Tik Tok, LD Printing (right) and Buckshees Military Surplus have grown and moved into shops in Dundas Shopping Centre. The market’s enterprise initiative is the brainchild of Dundas Indoor Market Manager David Harris (far right). He said: “We appreciate how costly and difficult it can be for businesses to get off the ground, so we are providing an opportunity to trade in an established market setting in Middlesbrough town centre at a hugely reduced cost and on flexible terms. It’s a great way to try out a business idea in a secure, managed setting, with marketing and business support.”

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Food with a royal seal of approval An award-winning chef who has cooked for the Queen, and other members of the Royal Family, is enjoying the taste of success after opening an artisan baker’s shop in Dundas Indoor Market. Ed Trewhitt launched the Brickyard Bakery, specialising in high quality hand-made bread and cakes, and after only five months is expanding his product lines, creating three new jobs

(see photo). He also has a successful tea shop and bakery in Guisborough. Ed, a classically trained chef and artisan baker, cooked for Her Majesty whilst working at Sandhurst Military Academy. He said: “This business is something of a personal crusade for traditional bread and social enterprise. I want to prove that people can eat quality hand-crafted artisan products at supermarket prices.”


You’re never lonely at Dundas Market As part of its Community Programme, Dundas Indoor Market has linked up with Ageing Better Middlesbrough to host regular monthly events for people over 50 in Jean’s Kitchen, the café at the heart of the market. The meet up’s take place on the third Wednesday morning of each month from 10am - 12noon and start with a chat over tea and cake. They are designed to bring people together to encourage new friendships and re-kindle old acquaintances, as well

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cleaning people, and staff at Jean’s Kitchen, now fully trained in helping people with dementia to get about the centre and feel safe shopping. To find out more visit

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PCC and friends join forces to protect public from scams Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has joined up with Victim Care and Advice Service (VCAS) to advise the public on how to protect themselves from various scams. The PCC (above) is hosting a number of workshops, developed by the National Trading Standards Scams Team and delivered by VCAS, which advise the public on how to avoid different types of scams. Details of forthcoming courses, including home delivered sessions for the elderly and housebound, plus tips on how to beat old and new scams can now be found on the dedicated page on the PCC website Friends-Against-Scams.aspx

how to spot the signs of scams and where to turn if they fall victim.”

Mr Coppinger said: “Every year consumers lose billions of pounds to fraudsters who bombard us with online, mail, door-to-door and telephone scams. “The best way to in combat these crimes is prevention. People of all ages, backgrounds and income levels can become targets, which is why it’s so important people know

The next VCAS Friends Against Scams awareness sessions will take place on June 13 and September 19 - to book a place email or call the PCC’s office on 01642 301623 /301653.

Common scams to look out for Telephone scams

Door-to-door scams

Online scams

Scammers who operate by phone offer exaggerated - or even fake prizes, products or services, such as loans, charitable causes or free trial offers. They don’t want to give you any time to consider their pitch and may be talking quickly. They just want to hear you say ‘yes’.

Often involve selling goods or services of poor quality - or that may never arrive. Some scammers conduct surveys to get your personal details or may offer you goods or services you don’t need (eg. unnecessary roofing or patio work).

Watch out for ‘phishing’ - emails from scammers purporting to be from a legitimate company requiring personal details. Websites, advertisements and emails are made to look very sophisticated. The most common online scams are for concert tickets, holiday and residential apartments, dating and vehicle sales.

What to do: • Law states telemarketers must tell you what they’re calling for - if they don’t give you this information, hang up. • Do not make a decision immediately. • Keep your banking details to yourself - even if they ask you to ‘confirm’ this information.

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What to do: • If someone knocks at the door, always ask for their identification. If you are not satisfied with their ID, do not let them into your home. • Don’t immediately agree to an offer. Take time to find out about the business or charity before taking further action. • If you don’t want any unwanted callers, you can contact us for a ‘No Cold Callers’ sticker.

What to do: • Delete any emails from unknown senders, especially those with an attachment, as it may be a virus. • Avoid sellers on online market places who ask you to pay via unusual methods. • Never give financial or personal details to anyone unless you know and trust who you are giving them to.


Let One You inspire a new you We all know how important it is to be active. The good news is that you don’t have to do an intense workout to get the benefits of exercise. A brisk walk counts too and will get your blood pumping, improve your mood, as well as reduce your risk of long term health conditions. You don’t need fancy equipment, clothing or shoes and it’s something you can do as part of your everyday activities, such as walking the kids to school, popping to the shops or walking the dog. Middlesbrough’s award winning parks also offer an ideal chance to stretch the legs in scenic surroundings. Even if you’re not active yet, you can get going with the free new Active 10 app. The app is handy in that it tracks your walking to tell you when you’re walking briskly and how many minutes you have been doing it for. Any walking is good but brisk walking is better. Picking up the pace to get your heart rate going is the bit that unlocks the most health benefits. It’s easy to know when you’re doing it right: you’ll be breathing faster and feeling warmer and you will be able to talk but not sing.

The great thing about walking is that you can do it anytime to fit in with your day. You might prefer the morning school walk, or a lunchtime stride out or the evening stress buster walk after a busy day. Walking is your flexible exercise, whether you want a quiet, me time, walk or meet up with friends for a catch up chat, it’s your choice. Walking briskly for ten minutes is an excellent start to a healthier, happier you. But the more walking you do the better. Why not work your way up to 30 minutes each

day. You might not be ready yet, but after using the free Active 10 app for a while, you’ll feel ready to change your goal and get even more active.

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Breaking down the dementia barrier The Dementia Friendly Middlesbrough Project works to ensure that people living with dementia are able to:

remain active and included members of their communities; maintain their independence for as long as possible; be treated with understanding and respect and receive support when necessary. The project is currently working with over 70 members who have signed up and committed to working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly Business/Organisation. It has also successfully secured funding through the Ageing Better Innovations Fund to deliver a volunteer programme.. Dementia Awareness Week took place across the region in May and included a


range of events to raise awareness of the condition and to demonstrate what small things people can do to better support people living with the condition.

If you’d like contact details or more information about how you could become a volunteer or how your organisation or business can become dementia friendly please visit Right - The Hope Foundation, one of the local organisations who have signed up help make Middlesbrough a Dementia Friendly Town

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Reduce your risk

Most people will know someone who has been affected by cancer. Eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise, drinking less alcohol, being sun-smart and most importantly being smokefree are proven ways to reduce the risk of cancer. Our Reduce your Risk campaign aims to change views on cancer, get people taking about it, break down fears and barriers and dispel some myths. As part of the campaign we are making it easier for people over the age of 50 who smoke and who have the signs and symptoms of lung problems to get the help and treatment they need early. New chest X-ray drop in sessions have been established at James Cook University Hospital and the One Life Centre. To be able to have a chest x-ray you must have one or more of the following symptoms:

• Cough lasting for more than three weeks • Chest pain lasting for more than three weeks • Be coughing up blood

Attitudes towards smoking have changed dramatically over the past decade with more and more people turning their backs on smoking either on their own or with help from their GP or specialist stop smoking service. However, smoking still remains the single biggest cause of preventable illness and death in the UK, with one in every two people who continue to smoke dying from a smoking-related disease. LUNG

For more information visit our website or our Facebook page search ‘reduce your risk’


Tips for a healthy smile Teeth can last a lifetime as long as you start to look after them early on. The most effective way to fight decay is to brush teeth for two minutes, twice a day. Higher concentration fluoride in toothpaste gives better protection. Medics advise using toothpastes in the range 1,000 to 1,500 parts per million fluoride (ppmF). You can find the levels in your brand by checking the packaging. The tips below can also help to keep a smile on your face.

• Limit sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes • Choose healthy snacks and drinks between meals such as fresh fruit, cheese, milk and water • Visit your dentist regularly • Ask your dentist if your child would benefit from a higher strength fluoride toothpaste • Brush baby’s teeth as soon as they appear • Children need to be helped or supervised by an adult when brushing until at least seven years of age • Brushing should occur at least twice daily as a minimum • Use a small headed toothbrush with soft bristles • Replace the toothbrush every three months

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Foundation opens doors to learning Middlesbrough FC winger Stewart Downing has officially opened Trinity College’s brand new Marie Madeleine Inclusion Centre, in partnership with MFC Foundation. Stewart was there to cut the ribbon as the school opened their newly branded Middlesbrough FC classrooms; designed by Shutter Media to help engage more young people through the power of the MFC brand. The facilities, including the MFC Foundation Satellite Centre, will be used by pupils from Catholic schools across Middlesbrough. The refurbishment of the building has been funded by Middlesbrough Local Authority through the Middlesbrough Achievement Partnership. The Boro midfielder took part in a little MFC-based quiz on some of his past and current team-mates, before

having the questions put to him directly by Trinity pupil Owen, who is currently playing for Middlesbrough’s Youth Academy. Organised by MFC Foundation, the club’s official charity, the partnership also means that the Foundation will have free access to the school’s sporting facilities to deliver programmes such as Premier League Kicks and Girls Football sessions. “It was great to come down to Trinity school and see the work the Foundation has done” said Stewart. “The classrooms looked fantastic, and it’s brilliant to see that the

school believes that using the Middlesbrough colours and brand can help motivate the kids in class. “I visited my old school at Pallister Park with MFC Foundation before Christmas and it’s really pleasing to see all the promising work being done in the local area.” Head of Foundation Helena Bowman (above) added: “The launch at Trinity Catholic College was a great success, and I’m delighted Stewart was able to come down and meet the children. We’re delighted to be working with a fantastic school like Trinity, and we’re looking forward to continuing our great partnership.”


Boro stars support fundraising effort Middlesbrough stars Marten de Roon and Viktor Fischer led the support for charity fundraising efforts at the Cleveland Centre organised by the MFC Foundation.

Participants of the Premier League Works programme, which is aimed at 16-24 year old’s not currently in education or employment, were taking part in a charity cycling challenge on motorised exercise bikes to raise money for disabled children on the Foundation’s Premier League Disability programme. And as Middlesbrough’s PL Works Ambassadors, de Roon and Fischer came down to the town’s shopping centre to help with their fundraising efforts, along with signing autographs and taking photos with delighted fans. 22

Viktor said: “Seeing all the guys working hard on the bikes to raise money for such a good cause is great. “Everyone deserves the chance to

Marten de Roon and Viktor Fischer with fundraisers at the Cleveland Centre

play football if they can, so raising money to buy these children a football kit is a brilliant initiative. It makes me so happy to come out here in the community and put some smiles on people’s faces - I really enjoyed it.” Foundation coach Patrick Robinson added: “The guys had been planning for this for a while, and I’m thrilled that the event went so well. We raised a good amount of money and the group learned some great skills in how to organise a charity event, and the bonus of having Marten and Viktor down made it even better.”

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Winner in the game of life Chris Kamara comes home and tells lovemiddlesbrough about skating on thin ice, his claim to fame at the Bongo Club and how the town, and Britain, have changed for the better. Word spreads fast in Park End and within minutes of Chris Kamara returning to his old Aldridge Road stomping ground, a crowd of curious onlookers has gathered. The older ones remember Chris as the gangly kid from the street who made it as a tough-tackling midfielder - the younger ones know him as Kammy the TV star, presenter of Ninja Warrior UK and various footy-related shows on TV. For Chris, the return to his roots brings back many memories - some fond, some very painful - and the wonderful reception he receives from the people of Park End demonstrates the seismic change that has occurred in this country in terms of our attitudes to the colour of someone’s skin. Chris’s father, Alimamy Kindo Kamara, was born in Sierra Leone and served with the Royal Navy

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during the Second World War. In 1949 he settled in Middlesbrough, went by the name of Albert, and found work at ICI and British Steel. He married local lass, Irene Livingstone, who was raised in Valley Road just a couple of doors down from Brian Clough - who her sister, Gwenny, went out with for a time. Irene and Albert settled in Aldridge Road where they raised their children, George, Chris and Maria. They attended the school at the end of the road - St Pius - and then went on to St Thomas Secondary School. Kammy’s quick wit comes to the fore as he meets staff at his old school. One asks if his secondary school’s motto was “Let the Light Shine” he responds in a flash: “Wasn’t that one of Take That’s?” And he has the kids who have gathered outside smiling when he happily agrees to selfies and autographs.

“I have got some fond memories of childhood, but it was very difficult. We didn’t have a lot of money, times were very hard and as the first black family in Park End, we suffered a lot of abuse which made things doubly hard for my Dad and for us as a family,” says Chris.


His autobiography “Mr Unbelievable” reflects on the almost daily abuse he suffered as a child and then as a professional footballer, not just from the crowd, but in public life and from opponents and even teammates. “Many of the pop stars of the time were black people and there were some people in Britain who were singing those songs, but if they met a black person face to face their attitude would change. I wondered how does that come about? How can you love a black person’s music yet hate the black person sat next to you?” asks Chris. “Society now has changed for the better and it will keep getting better. Attitudes have changed not just towards racism but also homophobia and sexism. What was commonplace in the seventies and eighties is now totally unacceptable; you will get shot down and someone will make you look foolish. Racism will never go away completely. I find it hard to believe it still goes on but it does. My advice to any youngster would be to go to your school teacher, your parents, tell someone and it will be resolved or it should be.” Chris speaks fondly of his late father but is candid about the struggles his mother faced when Albert, possibly tormented by the endless abuse, discrimination and victimisation, would spend wages on drink and gambling, leaving Irene to have to


ask neighbours for food or borrow money to feed Chris and his siblings. He knows many who have suffered challenging upbringings and, haunted by anger and bitterness, ruined their own lives through violence or addiction. He has reflected a lot on how he managed to avoid such a descent. “I think it is an attitude of mind, lots of people that I have known have grown up in exactly the same circumstances as I did and they went down those paths. I think Dad feared that for me and my brother. He made me join the navy and George join the army. He didn’t want me to end up with no qualifications, throwing my life away on the dole or from one dead end job to another. He felt going into the navy, like he had done, would make a man of me, allow me to learn a trade and then come out with a living.” When Chris was 15, he was due to play for Middlesbrough Boys in the

national youth cup final and also about to leave school for the outside world. His coach, Dave Richardson, urged him not to do anything hasty. Middlesbrough FC would announce after the final who they would be taking on as apprentices and Dave felt Chris was in with a chance. But Chris never got to play in the final. In the week leading up to the big day he was despatched to Portsmouth by his dad where he signed instead for the Royal Navy. Three of his mates who did play in the final were snapped up by Boro. “In those days it was a case of your dad was the boss and what he says goes; you didn’t sit down and have discussions with him,” says Chris. “So different to life now, we’d never have forced our kids into doing anything they didn’t want to. You’d hope they would do things, go to University, get a good education but in the end you respect their decision because you love your kids. I just know I didn’t want my kids to grow up in the same circumstances as me.” Chris met his wife Anne when he was playing for Swindon. They have been married 35 years and have two sons, Jack and Ben, both of whom have good careers - Jack choosing University over a chance to sign up for the academy at Middlesbrough.

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Kammy’s time in the navy only lasted six months and he never left dry dock. Aged 16, he represented the navy in a friendly against Portsmouth, scored twice and the Pompey manager - Ian St John - immediately paid £200 to buy him out and sign him on as an apprentice. His dad allowed the transfer only after the navy agreed in writing to take Chris back if football didn’t work out. There then followed a 20-year playing career at nine different clubs, 641 appearances and 71 goals. There were promotions and relegations and he played top flight football with title winning Leeds United. He also made five onloan appearances for Middlesbrough. “My ambition as a kid was to play for Middlesbrough and my dream was to play for Leeds so I achieved both,” says Kammy, who will always be grateful to Alan Ingledew, his football coach at Beechwood Youth Club, who used to take him to see both teams. “People say ‘how can you have two teams?’ When we were kids ‘Boro were in the third division. Up here the teams in the first division that were on Match of the Day were Leeds, Newcastle and Sunderland. Well, you couldn’t support Newcastle or Sunderland so that left Leeds!” As a manger he won the play-offs to take Bradford City to what is now

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the Championship. They started the 96/97 season well and after being named Manager of the Month, Chris was invited by Sky to be a pundit for a match. Much to his, and Anne’s, surprise he kept getting invited back. After Bradford, he managed Stoke for a spell and in 1998 when that ended, he made the move to TV full-time. “Timing is everything and I was in the right place at the right time. One year later might not have been any good. From then on you do the best you can with a smile on your face,” says Chris. On Soccer Saturday the linkups between roving reporter Chris and presenter Jeff Stelling are legendary, as is his regular exclamation of “Unbelievable, Jeff!” He presents Goals on Sunday and ITV’s Ninja Warrior UK, has made one-off appearances in several comedy and quiz shows and is the face of Ladbrokes. Kammy has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for Marie Curie and Macmillan Cancer Fund in memory of his late mother, who contracted breast cancer. He has worked with football’s Kick It Out campaign for equality and inclusion and with the Show Racism the Red Card campaign. Chris talks about being “lucky” to have got the break on TV, being in the right place at the right time. His

genuine modesty glosses over his incredibly high work rate, a feature of his midfield days. “When I got into the TV side of things in the early stages that was hard on Anne because I never turned anything down,” he reflects.“Basically you never know where the people asking might turn up as producers in the future and remember the things that you can do.” When he first appeared on Sky they employed about 100 people in tiny studios built around the back of a Harrods delivery depot. Now there are thousands employed in custom-built studios featuring the latest innovations. But for all the cutting-edge technology, on live TV one misjudged comment can signal the end of a career and Chris has seen the likes of Andy Gray, Richard Keys and Rodney Marsh suffer that fate. He’s the first to admit he has committed the odd gaffe when reporting from a football match live on air but that’s proof of his passion for the game and the public wouldn’t have it any other way. Opposite main pic - in St Pius’ school yard with the children of Park End. Left - always happy for a photo with fans. Above clockwise from top left - with parents Irene and Albert; the playing days (©; on holiday with wife Anne and sons Jack and Ben; raising funds for Marie Curie; night out with school pals (can you spot Steve Gibson?); today a contented man.


“I grew up in this area and there are nice parts people don’t see or don’t want to see - the hills and the parks, the lovely countryside”

“The gaffe people remember most was in 2007 when I missed a sending off. That’s good because there were plenty of gaffes before then. Everyone thinks, how on earth have I survived this long on TV; Anne thinks that every time I go on air!” he says. “The truth is you have to be genuine, you can’t put on an act, the public will see through you. On live TV you don’t have the opportunity to think about things, it just comes out and you just hope what you said is ok. My advice to people would be, just go for it. When I played, I wanted to be the best I could be and that was the same with TV. Never let people pigeonhole you and say you can’t do something new. You never really know what you are good at until you try and then other people will make that decision. Give it everything you’ve got, don’t become a prima donna. “My agent says the biggest plus I have is that people want to work with me again. Several football clubs had me back again but that was because they couldn’t believe how bad I was the first time!” It’s that self-deprecating wit again; Anne, however, knows different. “I don’t think he has changed over the years; he’s never been a modern house husband or a DIY man and he won’t do anything he doesn’t want to do. If he decides to do something, he does it 110%. In my view that’s why he gets on. Whatever he decides he does want to do, he does well,” says Anne. “We have noticed a change in his fan base in recent years. It used to be all blokes interested in football - now we get a lot of grannies and kids who know him from Ninja.”


We move onto Stewart Park (above) and the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum and the memories flood back. “Stewart Park was a great novelty when I was young. We used to play football of course and it had a zoo. We used to come on a Sunday to feed the animals.” Anne adds how they also brought their own boys to do the same when they were young. Now Chris is looking across the lake. “I remember walking the length of that when it was iced over. I shudder now to think of how dangerous that must have been.” He was working at Sky the day Jeff Stelling made his famous defence of Middlesbrough, condemning a TV programme that had branded the town the worst place to live in Britain. Chris does get annoyed by the potshots the town has to take. “Jeff and I grew up in this area and there are nice parts people don’t see or don’t want to see - the hills and the parks, the lovely countryside. Jeff’s rant was terrific, good on him.” Chris recently organised a reunion with his old mates from the Boro where they reminisced about various scrapes at school, parmos at the Europa, booze-ups at the Zetland and nights at the Bongo - where Chris found a fan in owner Abdi Warsama. “I was sorry to hear that Abdi died recently. The guy was a legend. He was on that door every Friday and Saturday come hell or high water. When I was playing at Boro, we turned up and I think he’d seen a story and photo about me in the Gazette that day. Anyway he let me in for nothing I was told I was the only person he had ever let in for free!”

At the most recent reunion Chris invited along his lifelong pal and Middlesbrough FC Chairman Steve Gibson, who grew up just round the corner from Chris. “I never really expected Steve would have the time to come but he said he would love to, so a few of us went out, had a few drinks and a curry, chatted about school and growing up. It was a lovely night. “I know Steve is right behind the regeneration of Middlesbrough and hopefully that is going to bring jobs. My dad worked for ICI and then British Steel so when I saw on the news about the steelworks at Redcar closing, I understood what a blow that was. The Government does need to do more, without a shadow of a doubt.” The light is fading across Stewart Park and as we are about to leave a family approaches. “Would Chris mind a photo?” they ask. “Sure,” says Chris, asking who they want the autograph making out to. You get the feeling that Chris is a very contented man. He has his 60th birthday in December and his first grandchild is due in September. Anne says he’ll never retire but he might slow down a bit. “People are so nice,” says Chris. “There is no down side. I would say 99.9% across the board are brilliant and if there is 0.1% don’t like me, they don’t come forward and show it, so I feel I must be doing something right. It’s a very privileged position to be in and you must never abuse it.” It’s a remarkable and inspirational outlook from a man who has had to overcome so much to get where he is today. IC.

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The long walk to change lives A team is training hard for a long walk that has the potential to change young lives forever. The intrepid hikers are limbering up for the Coast to Coast challenge across the tracks and fells of the North York Moors, Dales and Lake District. The walk - led by Brian Foulger of Middlesbrough Council’s Family Placement Team - is a joint initiative by Tees Valley Fostering to raise awareness of the need to recruit new foster carers across the five boroughs that make up the Tees Valley. The six-strong team set off on their marathon journey from St Bees in Cumbria on Friday, June 23 and are hoping to be joined along the way by supporters and keen ramblers before completing the 187-mile trek at Robin Hood’s Bay on Monday, July 3. And on Saturday, July 1 the team will host a sponsored walk from Clay Bank to the Lion Inn at Blakey Ridge, with foster carers, children, elected members and staff helping to raise funds and generate publicity. Brian said: “We wanted to do something special to raise the profile of Tees Valley Fostering, so what better that one of the very best walks anywhere in the world?” “The Coast to Coast walk is our way of spreading the word about the difference fostering can make for all involved, and I hope it will encourage more people to come forward and find out more.”

The team have received sponsorship from Everyone Active, Tesco (Coulby Newham) and Askham Bryant College.

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Completing the family picture

A Teesside couple have told lovemiddlesbrough of their joy at how adoption has put the “little missing pieces” into their lives.


The married couple, in their 30s, approached the idea with an open mind after finding they couldn’t conceive naturally and after IVF treatment proved unsuccessful. They spoke to several councils in the area, are now the proud parents of both a little boy and a little girl. “We decided to go with Middlesbrough as we really liked the social worker and we felt it was the right thing for us” said the new mum. “From start to finish we never felt alone, we could always pick up the phone and have a chat and even now though we don’t need to see our social worker we know they are there to support us as we might need. We are all very, very happy. They are

our little missing pieces. We are very lucky to have them in our lives.” The process took nine months and the mum had the following advice to anyone thinking of adopting. “Just be open minded, speak to people and get more information. There’s absolutely no harm in reaching out. It’s the best thing we’ve ever done. We wouldn’t change a thing.” For more information: visit the adoption information drop-in event taking place at Vancouver House, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough on Wednesday, July 5 from 1pm-7pm; visit; call the team on 01642 201962 or email

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Update from Tees Valley Combined Authority On 4 May 2017 Ben Houchen was elected Mayor for the Tees Valley As Mayor, Ben Houchen will chair the Tees Valley Combined Authority – the organisation created to deliver economic growth across Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.

The result of the 2017 election for the Tees Valley Mayor

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48,578 ELECTED

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Labour and Co-operative




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Voter turnout 21.31%

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Homes and Communities

Education, Employment and Skills

Culture and Tourism

Business Growth and Investment


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Local residents spring into action Spring Into Action was a monthlong programme of short, snappy community improvement and social events in alleys in the town, organised by local residents. This included the people of Caxton Street holding a 60 minute makeover to make their back lane a safe, clean Grow MBro LFW#4 210x235



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Different generations join forces to tackle loneliness Photography students from Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) have joined forces with Ageing Better Middlesbrough to create a marketing campaign tackling loneliness and social isolation. If you’d like to join Ageing Better Ageing Better Middlesbrough (ABM), led The students then organised a Middlesbrough’s free membership to by Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, photo-shoot and the imagery will be find out about activities and groups in set the students a live brief as part used as part of campaign by ABM your area call 01642 257034, email of their second year BTEC Extended to be featured across the borough in Diploma in Photography course. publicity and marketing materials for or visit our website: the organisation. Rebecca Hughes, Information and Marketing Officer for ABM, said: “The brief was to tackle the stigma attached to ‘older people’ and to send a message that older people still have skills, still have a life and are doing amazing things in our community. The students undertook research to find out how life is different between the two generations - such as technology, work, college - and through shared experiences were able to explore values which older people bring to the community.” To help create the campaign, four members from ABM - Janet Pyle, 92, Araf Chohan, 65, Stuart Brown, 64 and Helena Gordon, 63 visited the art and college to ABMspecialist Love Mbro Advert Aprildesign 2017.qxp_Layout 1 10/04/2017 12:15 Page 1Jan Secker; students Elliot Moor and Nina Gibson; ABM volunteer Janet Pyle; CCAD lecturer talk to students about their lives. lecturer Tim Leah-Adams and Rebecca Hughes, ABM Information and Marketing Officer



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Customer Centre investment reaps rewards

A major £400k investment in customer services at Middlesbrough Council’s Customer Centre has reduced waiting times to a fifth of what they were. A revised emphasis on assisting people towards self-service, which can be done easily online at home as well as at Middlesbrough Council venues, is currently being rolled out. Refurbishment was recently completed at the Customer Centre which is in Middlesbrough House, Corporation Road. Comparisons from before and after show that waiting times have been reduced from an average of 25 minutes to just five minutes and feedback from residents suggests that the improvements are going down well. Amongst the comments from visitors were that the Customer

Centre “looks so much better and it’s a nicer environment to come in to now” and that “very quick service, staff ready to help it was a very good visit.” The Council’s approach to improved customer service aims to streamline the way local people access services and information in a manner and at a time that is convenient to them. To support this flexible approach and enable residents to use their phone or tablet to pay for their Council Tax, apply for school places, finding out bin collection dates or even request a copy of a birth certificate, the Council have already rolled out free

Wi-Fi across our community hubs and many other civic spaces giving unprecedented levels of free access today. Gemma Cooper, Change Programme Customer Lead from Middlesbrough Council, said: “Our aim throughout this improvement programme has been to enable our customers and residents to have access to services and information in a manner and at a time that is convenient to them. “We are delighted with the initial response from those who have used the service and we will continue to work to ensure that everyone enjoys a positive experience as a customer.”

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Supporting parents and carers Parents 4 Change is a group for parents, grandparents and carers of children with any type of disability or special need who live in Middlesbrough. As well as providing help, support and a chance to meet socially, the group campaigns for inclusion and improved services for the disabled. Kath Mellon (second right) and her partner have eight-year-old twins, one of whom has complex needs. “I found Parents for Change was very supportive. It allowed me to meet up with people who knew what we were going through and the challenges we faced” said Kath. “When you have a child with disability it can sometimes feel you are on your own, Parents 4 Change lets you know you are not alone.”

The group organises social events for children and young people with disabilities, their parents, grandparents and carers. Advice sessions also provide practical advice, ensure parents are receiving the entitlement they are due to and help with documentation. As well as holding regular gettogethers, the group organises conferences to discuss local issues surrounding children with special needs and/or additional needs in Middlesbrough. Parents choose specific areas to look at in more depth such as speech and

language therapy, behaviour, sleep problems, short breaks, sports and leisure services or any other areas that they feel need attention. Parents 4 change also works with the local authority and other agencies to improve services for children with disabilities, The group ensures families are included in the process of influencing change in Children’s Disability Services in Middlesbrough and nationally Kath now helps run the group and urged anyone with a child with disability to get in touch by emailing or visiting the group facebook.

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THE JOURNEY SO FAR You may have seen the new signs dotted around town or even observed the finishing touches made to the front of Dundas House, but it’s what’s going on inside The Live Well Centre that’s really inspiring. The pioneering centre will energise Middlesbrough, offering a wide range of health and wellbeing support that will empower people to take control of their lives. Support is here for those who are ready to change, whether this be through weight loss, finding employment, quitting smoking or even volunteering, giving people the best chance of succeeding on their journey to a healthier and happier life. Although the centre will initially focus on three core areas; substance misuse, mental health alongside diet & exercise, the unique concept means staff really get to know you and your situation before recommending what’s best to do next. They don’t just treat issues in isolation, they talk to you, find out about your circumstances and assess what’s right. The centre has some fantastic facilities to support you on your journey, including a gym, studio, training kitchen, clinics, messy play area, IT suite, clinics, consultation rooms and meeting space. With all of these facilities and support under one roof, making a change has become much easier and possible for the people of Middlesbrough.

to the economic regeneration of Middlesbrough, including bringing new jobs, increasing footfall into the neighbouring retail units and enticing new investment to the area.

COLLABORATE WELL The Live Well Centre development was made possible by funding secured from both Public Health England, Big Lottery and Middlesbrough Council. The investment has not only provided a welcome opportunity to deliver innovative and forward-thinking wellbeing services, but it has also helped renovate a disused office block and breathe new life into the Dundas Shopping Centre. Exciting links between health, wellbeing and local businesses have already started to emerge, with The Live Well Centre intent on forging strong relationships with local retailers to boost business and maximise opportunities for joint working. Email for more information or go online at and register your interest.

We recognises that lives can become complicated and difficult, and so the services provided are shaped in a way that works alongside this. For example, depression could be caused by anything from drug usage to concern over debt, meaning we’ll work to tackle the root causes instead of just focussing solely on the presenting issue. The Live Well Centre is founded on the belief that to support people to make positive and lasting change, it is vital to take the whole person into account.


The centre is situated in the heart of the Dundas Shopping Centre, which has itself seen some exciting new developments in recent months, including refurbishment of the market, the launch of a monthly food and craft market, introduction of new retailers and a seasonal event schedule. Being placed in a town centre location carries additional benefits

Change is possible If you want to live well, visit The Live Well Centre at Dundas House, Dundas Shopping Centre, Middlesbrough or go online at for more information.


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New home advisors Helen Collins and Leigh Fisher

Help on hand for new tenants Thirteen has introduced a brand new team to help new customers receive the extra support they may need during the first 12 weeks of their tenancy. Signing up for a Thirteen property means you’ll receive personal support from a new home advisor, who will be your first point of contact for any enquiries. Some new tenants may need a helping hand to settle in and make sure their tenancy is long-lasting in their home. The new home advisors in Middlesbrough work closely with key teams including neighbourhood officers, repairs and money advice to ensure that properties are well maintained and that rent payments are sustained.

The new home team: • Is the first point of contact for all new customer enquiries including repairs and rent queries • Works with the repairs and contact teams to ensure repairs are completed on time, as well as explain your responsibilities as a tenant • Helps with any necessary specialist advice and support around Housing Benefit and Universal Credit • Helps people be part of a sustainable community • Support for setting up utility accounts and arranging gas servicing appointments when due

To find out more about the new home team and how to sign up for a property with Thirteen, call 0300 111 1000 or email


Offering a range of homes Thirteen has a number of quality homes on offer in Middlesbrough for affordable rent, shared ownership and outright sale. To find out what’s on offer, visit our website at We also advertise a number of our properties on Rightmove at To chat with our customer services team, email customerservices@ or call 0300 111 1000.

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If you’re a current customer, you can also sign up to our self-service portal, which allows you to:

• request a home repair • view rent accounts • view and update personal information • report anti-social behaviour • view details about your tenancy • send us compliments, comments and complaints

Natasha’s story Natasha Cummings, 18, from Grangetown, had never lived in a property on her own, but her expert advisor soon helped her settle in to her apartment and get the best start to her tenancy. Natasha said: “I love my property it really feels like home and I have my advisor to thank for that. “She’s made sure that any repairs have been carried out really quickly and even helped me get access to funding for carpets in my property. “I’d been earning my own income so had no idea that I could claim Housing Benefit. My advisor made sure I received all of the benefits I’m entitled to by referring me to Thirteen’s money advice team, who supported me through the process.”



First winners found in town’s recycling initiative Several residents across the town have now struck gold by going green in a town-wide recycling initiative.

A competition launched late last year to reward those following the ‘golden rules’ of recycling has now seen 20 households receive a £50 voucher to be spent in the Cleveland Centre. Middlesbrough Council’s environmental education team have been randomly selecting a street each week and lifting the lid on the blue-lidded bins put out for collection to find residents eligible for the prize draw. During the month of April the number of winners was doubled as a thank you from Middlesbrough Council to the town’s residents for continuing to recycle and for working with the Council during the roll out of the new refuse and recycling collections.

When first launched the first winners were found in the south of the town from Marton, Hemlington, Nunthorpe and Acklam and were invited for a tour of Middlesbrough Town Hall to collect their prize. Among them were Sarah Burrow, 33, and Darren Whitfield, 47, who brought their little boy Oliver, two. Sarah said: “It’s important to recycle and the right thing to do. We have an eco-bin in our kitchen and that makes it easier. “I had read the leaflets that went through the door and hoped to win but you don’t expect to. It’s nice that your efforts are noticed.” Middlesbrough Council recycling officer Philip Shaw said: “We want to say a big thank you to everyone in the town who does their bit and

recycles waste properly - even if they haven’t yet been drawn out of the hat it doesn’t mean their efforts have gone unnoticed.” To be eligible bins need to be at the kerbside before 7am. Residents who recycle using clear plastic sacks are also eligible.

For more information on the competition, how to recycle or to download a recycling and refuse collection calendar visit Winners will need to be available for publicity and vouchers are nontransferable and valid for 12 months from date of issue.

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What’s On Summer 2017

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Entry to theme park for just £18pp with37 this voucher or book online and use code LM2017. Max 6 people per voucher. Offer expires 5.11.2017. Offer not valid in conjunction with any other offer or concessionary rate. Photocopies not accepted. Saving based on over 1.3m pay-on-the-day price of £30. Voucher Code: LM2017

Town Hall project reflects changes The refurbishment of Middlesbrough Town Hall is now well underway and the accompanying “mytownhall” project has unearthed some fascinating stories of the part the building has played in the lives of local people. The 128 year old building proudly stands centre stage in the town and it’s clear that it was also central to the lives of many people. Some enjoyed their first ever gig there, others met the love of their life or forged lasting friendships through work or an event. Hoardings surrounding the building whilst work goes on chart many of these landmark moments as well as illustrations of Middlesbrough past and present. And you can contribute your own story by visiting and the accompanying facebook page. Local resident Ant Butler did just that, with memories of 1972 when David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust graced the Town Hall stage. After the ‘utterly brilliant’ show, Bowie and Mick Ronson chatted to the handful of teenagers still in the

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hall as the roadies were packing up - Bowie even autographed a female fan’s upper torso with her lipstick (all very unsettling for the 15 year-old rock fan!). The Town Hall has also played a central role in the civic life of the town and the passionate team of volunteers delving into its history includes local history enthusiast Pauline Weatherley who has researched the fascinating story of William Mayhew, one of the Town Hall’s residents and a popular and well respected Mace Bearer to the Mayor of Middlesbrough Corporation from 1930 until his death in 1948. Born to William and Mary Mayhew in April 1890, Williams’s father, William Senior was a Ship-owners Clerk and the family lived at 5 Cargo Fleet Road in Middlesbrough. As Mace Bearer to the Mayor of Middlesbrough, William Mayhew was a popular figure who lived with his wife Sarah and their son William in the Town Hall flat which is situated above the former Fire Station and Police Station within the Town Hall. After the death of his beloved wife in 1936, William continued to accompany the Mayor in his day to day duties, one of which was the opening of the Tees (Newport) Bridge by the Duke and Duchess of York with the Mayor Councillor A. Cooper on 28th February 1934 (see opposite). Around the start of WWII William met and fell in love with Martha Brown, whose daughter Gloria

was a ‘clippie’ on the buses, taking passenger’s fares and issuing tickets. Sadly, just before William and Martha were due to marry, he died, aged 57, suddenly in his flat in the presence of the then Mayor, Councillor Pette. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, work on the Town Hall has been made possible by a £3.7m grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Stories like Ant’s are currently displayed on a hoarding outside Middlesbrough Town Hall’s Corporation Road entrance and online at If you want to share your story from the Town Hall’s past or get involved in future events visit


A chat with Sean Sims The artist behind the eye-catching hoardings surrounding the Town Hall tells lovemiddlesbrough about his “dream commission.”

Hello Sean, tell us a little more about your upbringing in Middlesbrough… I was brought up in Acklam and went to Acklam Whin Primary and then Stainsby School, which gave the title to the Chris Rea song Stainsby Girls and is now Acklam Grange. From there I went onto Cleveland College of Art on Green Lane for four years from 1981-85 - the “radical” years when all the teachers were hippies and we were all punks. Then to Teesside University to study design and architectural history. I did my post graduate at Manchester in curatorship, I then became a researcher at Teesside University for a year and a half and from that got into teaching at the art college. I’m 52, married to Majella and we have a son Stanley, ten, and daughter Mable, eight. How did you begin developing your own style that we see in Beautiful Boro? I was living in Saltburn and bought my first Mac and at the time computer illustration was new and novel. I started playing with it but I didn’t really sell anything I just did a few things for bands in the local area. And you eventually moved away from Middlesbrough? My friends Space Raiders got signed to Skint Records in Brighton, I went


down with them and fell in love with the place and I was at a loose end. When was it you started to really get going with illustrations? I was working in a hotel down there and started doing illustration, my first commission was from GQ Australia when they had to be faxed, couriered and shipped over. I gradually got more and more work from the Sunday magazines and gave up the hotel work. So where would we have seen your work? I had a nice run for the Guide in the Guardian on a Saturday, the Radio Times, Marie Claire, Sugar, quite a lot of trade magazines like for British Airways and Virgin, Creative Review - that was a big one for me, most of the Sunday supplements. And how did it feel to be asked to create something inspired by Middlesbrough? It was great to be asked, I was really chuffed. I’ve had some great illustration commissions over the years, but none has made me prouder than this one for my home town. So how did it come together? I am part of the Memories of Middlesbrough Facebook page and I have a real passion for the area. Since that was set up we have had discussions about buildings and

that was a good starting point. The illustration is a composite scene featuring all of the famous landmarks of our great town with the “Steel River” linking them all together. My idea was to simplify the buildings and also capture the colours of the Boro. There is a nod to the industrial heritage but also I wanted to capture aspects of modern Middlesbrough with our newer buildings. And what are your own favourites? Scandinavian House and its mural in Linthorpe Village, it’s one of my pet subjects. Who originally did the mural? Nobody knows who it was. I’m big on Scandinavian design and they always spend a bit of money so it would have been someone half decent. We can find out the date but not who it was. You still spend a lot of time in Middlesbrough, is it changing? I have seen a great deal of change. I get the whispers of how it’s changing with things such as the Baker Street has been great you see a lot of fresh stuff. It’s a lot nicer. I have a passion for the history. Every time I come down I try and do something on my own down the Tees. That’s why it was a dream commission for me to tie the two together, my passions for the history of Middlesbrough and for illustration.

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Dance is life Giovanni Pernice, accompanied by fellow Strictly Come Dancing professional Luba Mushtuk, is bringing his new show Dance is Life - or ‘el bello e vita’ in Italian - to Middlesbrough Theatre. Here Giovanni tells lovemiddlesbrough about the show and how he was looking forward to his first visit to the town. Is this your first visit to the north east? I actually visited Newcastle on the live tour and also visited a couple of months ago for a charity event. I love the people of the north east, the atmosphere when we perform there is electric. Is Dance Is life formed around personal life experience? It is in the way it is set in Italy and contains a male dancer! But the rest is just a simple love story that maybe everyone experiences once in their life. How does Dance Is Life differ from dancing on Strictly? It’s very different, the Dance is Life is more like watching the group dancers, where on Strictly its more of a journey of taking someone with no ballroom or Latin experience, and teaching them everything step by step. 


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On my tour, all the dancers have been dancing for many years, so it’s going to be world class. How do you want people to feel after seeing the show? I want people to love the show, being my first ever tour, I am so lucky to have a wonderful director (Jason Gilkison from Strictly Come Dancing) and a wonderful producer (Paul Irving). I also have seven more dancers with me, so the show is going to be amazing, my other dancers are all from the world of Strictly Come Dancing or various Dancing with the Stars shows from around the world.  Dance is Life is at Middlesbrough Theatre on Thursday July 20. Book now for all shows on 01642 81 51 81 or book online Strictly Theatre Co presents

Dance Stars Wednesday February 14 2018 Middlesbrough Theatre

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Room on the Broom

7-10 Hopeless Romantics 15

The Temperance Seven


80s Mania


Puppetry of the Penis


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

21-23 Stand Up Stand Up 24

Constellations Dance

26/6 The Reunion - 1/7 (Toft House Studio)

July 8

Harlequin Dance


Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday

13-15 Spotlight Performing Arts 17-18 Town Hall Performing Arts 20

Giovanni Pernice - Dance Is Life


Some Guys Have All The Luck


Jenkins Dance

Starring Kristina Rihanoff & Tristan MacManus Tickets £30 / concessions £28 Available now!


Go walkabout at the new look Captain Cook The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum will re-open its doors to the public on June 1 following an extensive refurbishment. Visitors old and new will be able to explore the Museum’s new exhibition areas made possible through a £500,000 grant administered by the Arts Council. Brand new to the Museum is the ‘Gotta Catch ‘em All’ exhibition which introduces the scientists and artists who sailed with Cook, and their collection of natural history specimens which had never seen before in Europe. The exhibition shows the techniques used for collecting, recording and preserving botanical and zoological specimens on the voyages and the importance of the scientists’ work aboard Endeavour. The exhibition is accompanied by an exciting programme of talks, workshops and events throughout the summer. Following on from the success of the temporary exhibition, ‘Walkabout: Australian Aboriginal Life and Legend’, the objects have been newly displayed alongside newly acquired natural history specimens. The new ‘Walkabout gallery will be a resource for prebooked groups, especially for schools and we will be offering special open days for the public. Many schools from around the region are looking forward to visiting, ‘The Mess Deck’, the brand new education


suite which houses new projection facilities, a virtual reality platform and artwork provided by community artist Keith Peacock. The re-opening is perfectly timed as the museum paves the way in advance of next year’s celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of the start of Captain Cook’s First Voyage aboard Endeavour to the Pacific Ocean and his exploration of the Society Islands, New Zealand and the East coast of Australia. To complement our education programme and to keep the children busy over the summer holidays, there are a wide range of low cost activities available at the Museum over the summer period. From Pirate Training Day to Animal Handling, Mosaic Tile making to creating Australian Puppets there’s lots of fun to be had.

On July 26 the museum will open 30 minutes early/open 30 minutes later to allow access for children with autism and other needs and their families siblings and carers. Families will be able to explore the galleries in a calm and quiet environment. Pirate themed arts and craft activities will also be available for participants in the mess deck area. The varied programme of activities throughout the summer plus the museum’s enviable position in Stewart Park make for an enjoyable day out for all. For more information on the Museums programme find us on facebook, visit or contact the team on 01642 311211. Main pic - some of the fascinating exhibits at the revamped Captain Cook Birthplace Museum.

Left - the museum also features the ever popular monsters of the deep.

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Exploring Japan’s Teesside links

The cultural influence of Japan on Middlesbrough and Britain is explored in the fascinating “Tokyo to the Tees” exhibition at the Dorman Museum. The temporary exhibition covers the period from the 1870s to the outbreak of the Second World War and includes important loans from private collections, the British Museum and the Wellcome Library never seen before in the North East. Japan has inspired artists, designers and writers including Christopher Dresser, the founder of Linthorpe Art Pottery, who has local family connections and whose work is represented by a large collection of highly collectable and globally admired works proudly displayed in the Dorman Museum. Dresser was among the first designers to visit the country after it reopened to the West after a long period of isolation and it strongly influenced his designs, not only for Linthorpe Pottery but also for other manufacturers. The Japanese are famous for their unique and beautiful clothing and when you visit the ‘Dressed to Impress: Netsuke and Japanese men’s fashion’ exhibition it is easy to see why. This exhibition features many items loaned from the British Museum and runs until October 29.

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‘Tokyo to the Tees’ highlights the journey through Middlesbrough’s past and its connections with Japan, beginning with the visit of a Japanese delegation to Bolckow and Vaughan’s Ironworks in 1872. It explores the Anglo-Japanese interiors of Grey Towers at Nunthorpe, Dressers visit, the development of local trade and industry, the arrival of Japanese ships on the River Tees and the establishment of a Japanese community in Middlesbrough. The exhibition is supported by a number of workshops, talks and activities for Japanese enthusiasts to lovers of fashion and across a wide variety of age groups. Visually stunning, it offers a great day out for all during the school holidays. In addition to the Japanese ‘dress up and role play’ area which features a children’s tea house and unique costumes there are also events such as Japanese Kimono Dolls, Koi Carp Wind Socks and Dragon Wings. To find out more about the exhibition and the Museum’s summer activities please contact the team on 01642 813781.

Japanese theatre mask, Oriental Museum, Durham University

Moon flask designed by Christopher Dresser. Dorman Museum Collection


Summer 2017 June Half Term Migration Mayhem Sat May 27 - Sun June 4 RSPB Saltholme £2 non-members/ members free 9:30am-4pm Family activities daily

Charity Event Fri June 2 • 7-11:45pm Dormans Club • £5 Remembering Rebecca and Middlesbrough Philanthropic Society Gig

Party in the Park Fri June 2 - Sun June 4 Stewart Park Various prices/times apply Fun day, fairground and fireworks

Tokyo to the Tees: Middlesbrough and Japan 1877-1939 From Sat June 3 Dorman Museum Opening celebration: Sat 3 June • 11am–3pm Explore fascinating historic links between Teesside and Japan

Room on the Broom Sat June 3 • 2pm & 4.30pm Sun June 4 • 11am & 2pm Middlesbrough Theatre £11.50 Join the witch and her cat on their mission to defeat the dragon

Superheroes Live! Sat June 3 - Sun June 4 Lightwater Valley See website for details.

Teesside Hospice: Sunflower Display Sat June 3 - Mon July 3 Centre Square

Race for Life 5K Sun June 4 • 10:30am Centre Square £15 women/£10 children Walk, jog or run

The Temperance Seven – Grand Diamond Jubilee Tour Thur June 15 • 7:30-9pm Middlesbrough Theatre £15

Jazz classics and novelty numbers

BP Big Screens: Royal Ballet Wed June 7 • 7-10pm Southfield Road, Teesside University Screen Free

Folklines Fri June 9 • 7:30-10pm TP Coffee House • £3 Music and spoken word

Rare Birds - Voices of Holloway Prison Sat June 10 • 1:30-4:30pm Central Library • £3 Poetry workshop

Between Stations Live Mon June 12 • 7-8:30pm Central Library • £5 Multi-media show with poet Andy Willoughby

Streetwise Opera Central Library Free event Tues June 13 • 7-8:30pm

In conversation with Alastair Waite Thur June 15 • 6-8pm T1.10, The Curve, Teesside University Remarkable stories from the respected entrepreneur Book online:

An evening with Sophie Hannah and Adele Geras Thur June 15 • 7-8:30pm Central Library • £5 Join the mother and daughter authors in conversation

Theakstons Big Read with Mari Hannah Fri June 16 • 11am-12noon Grove Hill Community Hub Free event Discuss Ian Rankin’s Black and Blue

Memory Lane Dementia Café Wed June 21 • 1pm-3pm Central Library Third Wednesday of each month

80’s Mania Fri June 16 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £23/£21

Stand Up Stand Up Middlesbrough Theatre £14/£12/Matinee £10 Wed June 21 - Fri June 23 7:30pm

Tribute featuring 25 charttopping pop icons

Summer exhibitions opening Sat Jun 17 mima • free entry

Armed Forces Day Sat June 17 • 10am-4pm Town Centre (Corporation Rd and Linthorpe Rd) Free event

Undergraduate Open Day Sat June 17 • 9am-3pm Teesside University

Puppetry of the Penis Sat June 17 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £22/£20 • Strictly 18+

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sun June 18 • 2-4pm Middlesbrough Theatre £11 Timeless classic

While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, we can accept no responsibility for errors, omissions or subsequent alterations or for any consequences arising from them. Please check details with the establishments concerned.


Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison: presentation/performance Tues June 20 • 7-8:30pm Acklam Community Hub and Library £3

Dark comedy

Orange Pip Market Sat June 24 • 12 noon-7pm Bedford & Baker Street Food, arts and music

Just Soph Sat June 24 • 2-3pm Central Library • £2 Storytelling for ages 3-7

Constellations Dance Sat June 24 • 6:45pm Middlesbrough Theatre £9 adults/£6 children

The Black Light Engine Room Sat June 24 • 7-11pm Python Gallery Free event Poetry and open mic

Stewart Park Farmers Market Sun June 25 • 9am-2pm Stewart Park The Reunion Mon June 26 - Sat July 1 Middlesbrough Theatre £8/£7 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Little Theatre production

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What’s On Local History Market Thur June 29 Corporation Road Organised by the friends of Teesside Archives

July Middlesbrough Town Meal Sat July 1 • 12-4pm Centre Square Annual celebration

Maritime Memories Machine Sat July 1 Captain Cook Birthplace Museum Free admission to activities National Maritime Museum activities in their touring van!

Ultimate Plunge Sat July 1 Lightwater Valley A terrifying 160ft bungee jump plus full theme park access. See website for details.

Doughty’s Roadshow Sun July 2 Linthorpe Community Centre 10:30am-2:30pm Patchwork and quilting specialists roadshow

London Calling Thur July 13 - Fri July 14 Middlesbrough Theatre £11/£10 • 7pm

Songs from Stage and Screen Sat July 22 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £10/family ticket £36

Folklines Fri Aug 11 • 7:30-10pm TP Coffee House £3

Folklines Fri July 14 • 7:30-10pm TP Coffee House • £3

Cleveland Show Sat July 22 • 9am-5pm Stewart Park £6 adults/£4 child or OAP/£15 family ticket (2 adults, 2 children)

Andy’s Prehistoric Raps Sat Aug 12 & Sun Aug 13 Lightwater Valley

Summer Reading Challenge From Sat July 15 Middlesbrough Libraries Meet the Animal Agents, solve a mystery and catch a crafty crook!

Middlesbrough Mela Sat July 15 - July 16 Centre Square 12pm-6pm 27th anniversary year!

Woolly Weekend Sat July 15 - Sun July 16 RSPB Saltholme £5 per car (non-members) 10:30am-4pm Shearing demos, trails and woolly crafts

Ali Brownlee Riverside Run Sun July 2 • 10:15am Riverside Stadium

A Note to Myself Mon July 17 - Tues July 18 Middlesbrough Theatre £10/£8 • 7:30pm

5K and 2K fun run

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Harlequin Dance: Step in Time Sat July 8 • 1:30pm & 6pm Middlesbrough Theatre £10/£6

Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday Sun July 9 • 2pm Middlesbrough Theatre • £11

Planet Circus Sun July 9 - Sun July 16 Stewart Park

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Memory Lane Dementia Café Wed July 19 • 1pm-3pm Central Library Giovanni Pernice ‘il ballo è vita’ (Dance is Life) Thur June 20 • 7:30-9:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £26/£25

Some Guys Have All The Luck Friday July 21 • 7:30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £20/£18 The Rod Stewart story

Annual horticulture family fun day

Nagar Kirtan Free event for all Sun July 23 • 12pm-4pm Annual Sikh parade and celebration event

Autism Awareness Morning Tues July 25 Captain Cook Birthplace Museum Museum entrance charge applies The museum will open 30 minutes earlier/later to allow access for children with autism and other needs and their families, siblings and carers

Pirate Training Day Thur July 27 • 11am-3pm Captain Cook Birthplace Museum £1 per child, museum entrance charge applies Fun-packed family day!

Orange Pip Market Sat July 29 • 12noon-7pm Bedford & Baker Street

Stewart Park Farmers Market Sun July 30 • 9am-2pm Stewart Park

August SIRF Thu Aug 3 – Sun Aug 6 Various venues Stockton International Riverside Festival 30th anniversary

Children’s TV dinosaur adventurer Andy Day raps and rhymes about his favourite prehistoric creatures. Plus full theme park access. See website for details.

Billingham International Folklore Festival Sat Aug 12 - Sat Aug 19 Captain Cook Birthplace Museum Admission tbc Enjoy a trail and Polynesian performers sharing their vibrant cultures and music!

Memory Lane Dementia Café Wed Aug 16 • 1pm-3pm Central Library Orange Pip Market Sat Aug 26 • 12noon-7pm Bedford & Baker Street

Mister Maker live Sat Aug 26 & Sun Aug 27 Lightwater Valley Sing, dance and make some noise with arts and crafts hero Mister Maker. Plus full theme park access. See website for details.

Stewart Park Farmers Market Sun Aug 27 • 9am-2pm Stewart Park Produced by Northern Dales Farmers and Stewart Park

The Three Degrees Sun Aug 27 • 7-11.30pm The Longlands Club £20 advance, £22 otd Ages: 18+ 50th anniversary tour event/375521


Ward Surgeries Councillors Acklam Councillor Shamal Biswas (Lab) 01642 827270 or

Councillor Sheila Dean (Lab)


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

01642 913625 or Newham Bridge Primary School June 12, 26, July 10 • 5pm - 6pm Term time only.

Ayresome Councillor Denise Rooney (Lab)* 01642 821054 or

Councillor Bernie Taylor (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.

Tees Valley Elected Mayor Ben Houchen

In addition to the listed Ward Surgeries, Councillors marked ‘*’ also hold regular Street Surgeries. Residents will be leafleted in advance of visits. Alternatively, residents can call to make an appointment to meet with Councillors to discuss any issues or concerns they may have.


01642 821995 or Acklam Green Centre, Stainsby Road June 27, July 25, Aug 29 • 5pm - 6pm Acklam Library, Acklam Road June 30, July 28, Aug 25 • 4pm - 5pm

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

Councillor Julie McGee (Lab) 07753 328395 or

Councillor Mick Thompson (Lab) 01642 288883 or The Neptune Centre, Ormesby Road June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19 26 • 10am - 11am Langridge Initiative Centre, Langridge Crescent June 6, July 4, Aug 1 10am - 11am

Brambles & Thorntree Councillor Terence Lawton (Ind) 01642 288769 or Pallister Court Community Centre, Brambles Farm June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19, 26 • 10am - 11am

Councillor Geraldine Purvis (Lab) 01642 291472 or

Councillor Peter Purvis (Lab) 01642 291472 or Thorntree Community Hub, Birkhall Road June 1, 8, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 • 12.30pm - 1.30pm June 3, July 15, Aug 12, 26 • 10am - 11am Home Start Shop, Marshall Avenue, Brambles Farm July 11, 25, Aug 8, 22 • 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 June 3 • 10am - 11am Breckon Hill Community Centre July 1 • 10am - 11am Hazel & Elder Court Meeting Room Aug 5 • 10am - 11am

Coulby Newham Councillor David Branson (Lab)* 07724 045998 or

Councillor Janice Brunton (Lab)* 07876 137604 or

Councillor Jacob Young (Con)* 07828 513315 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 June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 • 5pm - 6pm

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

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Kader Councillor Ron Arundale (Con) 01642 288504 or 121 Ruskin Avenue, Acklam June 6, 20, July 4, 18, Aug 1, 15 6pm - 7pm Councillor Jordan Blyth (Lab)* 07818 857783 or St Margaret’s Church Hall, The Oval June 3, July 1, Aug 5 • 10am - 11am

Ladgate Councillor Mike Carr (Lab) 01642 590111 or Councillor June Goodchild (Lab) 01642 323591 or Easterside Hub June 3, 17, July 1, 15, Aug 5, 19 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 June 13, 27, July 11, 25, Aug 8, 22 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 June 6, July 4, Aug 1 • 9am - 10am June 22, July 27, Aug 24 • 5pm - 6pm Marton Library, The Willows June 10, July 8, Aug 12 • 11am - 12pm

Marton West Councillor Chris Hobson (Con)* 01642 313154 or Councillor John Hobson (Con)*

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 June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 • 10am - 11am

North Ormesby Councillor Lewis Young (Lab)* 07999 935357 or Infopoint, 8 Kings Road, North Ormesby June 6, July 4 • 11am - 12pm The Hub, Derwent Street June 20, July 18 • 11am - 12pm

Nunthorpe Councillor Lesley McGloin (Ind)* 07919 174207 or Councillor Jon Rathmell (Ind)* Nunthorpe Institute, The Avenue School June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Park Councillor Frances McIntyre (Lab) 01642 290397 or Councillor Julia Rostron (Lab) 01642812824 or Councillor Margaret Walters (Lab) 01642 822682 or Linthorpe Community Centre, Linthorpe Road June 13, 27, July 11, 25, Aug 8, 22 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 June 13, July 11, Aug 8 • 1pm - 2pm Ormesby Club & Institute, High St, Ormesby June 28, July 26, Aug 30 • 12.30pm - 1.30pm Glastonbury House, Lindisfarne Road June 26, July 24, Aug 28 • 4pm - 5pm

Stainton & Thornton Councillor David Coupe (Con)

Trimdon Councillor Dennis McCabe (MICA) 07847 305660 or Salvation Army, Trimdon Avenue June 12, July 10, Aug 14 • 6pm - 7pm Councillor Jean Sharrocks (Lab)* 01642 591335 or

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

The next scheduled full Council meeting date is: Wed May 31 - 7pm, July 12 - 6.30pm • Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Middlesbrough. These meetings are open to the public and are also available online

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