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Issue 20 September / October 2018




SUN 7 OCT 2.00PM & 4.30PM WED 10 OCT 2.30PM & 7.30PM MON 8 OCT 10.30AM & 1.30PM




Celebrating the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

The Music of Madonna



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10th Anniversary Tour



The All Fun Farewell Tour





A new play by Tom Kelly


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local, relevant and entertaining It’s hard to believe we’re heading into autumn already but sure enough, the leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping and schools and universities have opened their doors once again. To help you get a head start on dressing for the new season, we’ve got a fashion feature packed full of our favourite trends you can find in the shops in Middlesbrough so you can stay warm and look great at the same time.


All the latest news in Middlesbrough



We take a look at what’s coming up at Middlesbrough Theatre



Get on your bike and raise money for your local charity


Tees Pride 10k

We are proud of you!

We have all the usual features, as well as interviews with The Archers actor, Tim Bentinck, ahead of his appearance at Soap in the Cinema and with behaviour change psychologist, Dr Aria CampbellDanesh who specialises in helping people lose weight – and keep it off.


And if leaving summer behind has already got you down, then look no further than our travel feature, where we tell you about all the fantastic things the sunny Greek island of Santorini has to offer.



We caught up with Tim Bentinck ahead of his appearance at Soap at the Cinema

So, grab a blanket and a hot chocolate and curl up somewhere cosy with your new issue of Middlesbrough Today.




All the latest colours and trends for the new season



An exciting event for soap fans and you could win two VIP tickets in our competition



Bronia McGregor spoke to behaviour change psychologist, Dr Aria, to find out more about how his programme works

Famous for its white washed buildings and stunning sunset, the Greek island of Santorini is one to visit

Win a pair of tickets to see Thank you for the Music On Thursday October 11th at 7.30pm The Ultimate Tribute To ABBA This international smash-hit tribute show brings all of ABBA’s number one hits to the stage in a production like no other. The hugely popular show combines the unmistakable harmonies, colourful costumes, and dazzling performances by an all-star cast that will have you thanking ABBA for the music again and again! ABBA HITS: Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Mamma Mia, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Gimme,Gimme, Gimme, The Winner Takes It All, Thank You for the Music, Fernando, Money, Money, Money, The Name of the Game, Take A Chance on Me, Chiquitita, SOS, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, Voulez Vous, I Have A Dream, Lay All Your Love On Me, Honey Honey, Ring Ring. Answer the following question to win a pair of tickets.

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LOCALNEWS KEY NEW MEMBERS JOIN MIDDLESBROUGH CULTURE TEAM THE team driving forward Middlesbrough’s vibrant and burgeoning cultural scene has welcomed three key new members. The trio will be instrumental in developing a music, arts, entertainment and museums offer that makes Middlesbrough the entertainment and leisure focal point for the Tees Valley and the wider region. And they will play a key role in driving forward the bid for Tees Valley City of Culture 2025. Lorna Fulton joins Middlesbrough Town Hall as Head of Programmes following the historic venue’s 21-month and £7.7m refurbishment funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Middlesbrough Council. Lorna brings more than 20 years’ experience to her new role as a programme director and producer, including delivering the Cultural Olympiad in the North East and directing the SO outdoor arts festival in Lincolnshire. Matthew Storey takes up the reins as Head of Transformation for Middlesbrough’s everpopular museums, including the Dorman and Captain Cook Birthplace.

He joins the Middlesbrough team from Sunderland City Council where he was Project Manager for Sunderland’s Historic High Street Heritage Action Zone, an initiative which aims to stimulate economic growth through heritage-led regeneration. Middlesbrough-born artist and writer Gordon Dalton steps into the new role of Creative Factory Producer, supporting artists and the development of the visual arts sector in Middlesbrough. Gordon has worked for a wide range of organisations and projects including Cardiff’s shortlisted bid to be European Capital of Culture and the Plymouth Art Weekender. Charlotte Nicol, Middlesbrough Council’s Head of Culture, said: “Middlesbrough’s cultural scene is incredibly exciting and we’re really lucky to be part of a wider commitment to culture in the Tees Valley, bidding for the City of Culture 2025. “Lorna, Matthew and Gordon are exceptional talents and I’m thrilled to be working with them.” Councillor Mick Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive member for Culture and

Matthew Storey – Head of Transformation, Middlesbrough Museums

Communities, added: “Everywhere you look in Middlesbrough at the moment there’s a very real sense of a city looking to the future with confidence and optimism. “Nowhere is that more evident than in our cultural offer which is underpinned by some of the most exciting creative practitioners, arts organisations and venues in the country. “These new additions to the Culture Team will help to build on Middlesbrough’s reputation as a forward-thinking destination with a flourishing cultural sector.”


RAMPS UP WITH MINISTERIAL VISIT TO DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION SITE A senior Treasury minister responsible for economic growth in Tees Valley has visited the South Tees Development Corporation site to learn about the area’s “transformational opportunity” for local people. Robert Jenrick MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, met with Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen and members of the Development Corporation board, where he learned of the 25-year vision to create 20,000 jobs and drive an additional £1billion per year into the local economy. Mr Jenrick is the latest Treasury minister to travel to the site of the former SSI steelworks and throw his weight behind the project, after a visit by Liz Truss MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, in June. It also follows an important intervention by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond MP who awarded the Development Corporation site £123million in last year’s Budget, and whose letter to the Governor of the Bank of Thailand played a 4 | Middlesbrough Today

“crucial role” in laying the groundwork for negotiations with the Thai banks to secure the land. Tees Valley Mayor and Chairman of the South Tees Development Corporation, Ben Houchen said: “As part of my Treasury charm offensive, I’m delighted to welcome yet another Government minister to the Development Corporation site. “Thanks to Robert and his colleagues, we’ve managed to secure an agreement in principle with the Thai banks to take back control of the SSI land, and have been awarded £123million to kick-start remediation work. “While we’re making progress with the Thai banks, I’ve made it crystal clear that we’ll compulsory purchase the site if the final deal isn’t signed soon. We have investors lining up and ready to go, but we just need the land – it’s the final piece of the jigsaw. “The visit was a fantastic opportunity to present our case to the Minister for a package

Robert Jenrick MP, left, with Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen at the South Tees Development Corporation

of financial support in time for next year’s Spending Review. With a bit more help, we will be able to accelerate the transformation of the site and allow us to unlock private sector investment and bring thousands of jobs back to the region.” Speaking on the visit, Mr Jenrick said: “We are investing in improving connectivity, strengthening skills, supporting enterprise and innovation, and promoting trade – building an economy that works for everyone, and making Tees Valley an even better place to live and work.  “This area has a key role to play in the new economy and, by working closely with local leaders such as the mayor Ben Houchen and Simon Clarke MP, we will ensure the Northern Powerhouse continues to boost growth and productivity across the country.”

A novel idea for BloomInArt A Hartlepool school has enlisted the help of a local group of artists and well-known literary characters to encourage young people to read.

school where children could read as part of a group or somewhere they could spend their playtimes/ lunchtimes in a nice quiet place reading.

Eldon Grove Academy has been working with BloomInArt to develop a specialised reading area complete with the children’s chosen literary characters.

Every pupil from the school was invited to take part with around 100 pieces chosen to be incorporated into the final design.

From Harry Potter and Marvel to the classic Roald Dahl and Beatrix Potter, pupils have been inspired to create a stained-glass effect design using vinyl. The vinyl design will decorate the reading hideaway’s ceiling, whilst seating areas will be covered in bespoke cushions incorporating the pupil’s literary designs. Karen Scorer, Art Coordinator from Eldon Grove Academy, said: “One of the things we’ve been looking at as a school is how we encourage reading with the children. There is already a reading shed on both yards, but we wanted something within the

Rachel Laycock, Co-director of BloomInArt, said: “The idea was to hand the project over to the children and in a way where everybody had a chance to be involved. “The level of work from the children involved has been amazing. They have been involved with the design process and chose where all the designs were going to go. “This is a fantastic challenge for us. It’s perfect to get children to think about how art is a part of our everyday life. They will experience how art can be used to transform an area, the impact it can have on how we behave, feel and think.

Rachel Laycock with pupils of Eldon Grove Primary School & Karen Scorer

“We have a lot of pride in taking part in such an important project. It’s a legacy for the current pupils for years to come.” Karen concluded: “I’d like to thank Rachel and Emma at BloomInArt for the time and effort they have put into this project and the incredible affect it will have on children at the school for years to come.”

National Charity Serves Up Free Tennis Sessions in Middlesbrough National sports charity ‘Tennis For Free’ has served up an ace for Middlesbrough by investing in a year-long programme of free tennis sessions hoping hundreds of people across the area can make a racquet at the tennis courts at Albert Park.  In an exciting partnership Middlesbrough Council, Tennis For Free will help provide free coach-led

tennis sessions for all the family. The official launch was on Saturday 8 September and is now on every Saturday between 10-11:30 and everyone is welcome. You don’t need a racquet or a ball as all equipment is provided free of charge. Sign up for Tennis For Free Albert Park now at

NEW DRIVE FOR BUSINESSES TO HELP SHAPE TEES VALLEY’S FUTURE Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen is calling on ambitious members of the local business community to help deliver economic transformation across the region. Mayor Houchen is leading a fresh drive for visionary representatives from companies in our area to join the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) board and ensure an active and diverse group which reflects our breadth of businesses and professionals. The LEP, chaired by former Sabic Chairman Paul Booth OBE, works closely with the wider business community and other partners to drive forward economic growth and job creation in the area. It works in partnership with Mayor Houchen, the Tees Valley Combined Authority, and the five Council Leaders. Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “I want business leaders to be involved in every decision we make. They’re the people who are investing, employing, training and

exporting in the Tees Valley, and I need their help to deliver even more jobs for local people. “We have many top-quality businesses that are the lifeblood of the Tees Valley, proudly calling it their home. We want to repay their commitment to our region by understanding their needs. The most effective way to do that is get them around the table, helping to shape our plans.” Tees Valley LEP Chair Paul Booth said: “The Tees Valley LEP is going from strength to strength and over the past year we’ve made significant progress in driving locally-led economic development. “We have a fantastic team who are committed to our area, but I know we can do even better. I’d ask senior members of businesses who feel that they, or the work they do, adds real value to Tees Valley to put themselves forward and help create the most diverse, representative LEP yet.”

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen is leading the call for new LEP board members

Angela Howey, Head of Consumer at EE, was appointed to the Tees Valley LEP last year. She said: “This is a terrific group of people who are making important decisions that directly impact the region but it would be great to increase diversity with, among other things, a more equal gender split. “I’d love to see more women in business stepping up to join the LEP to help boost growth for us all.” To find out more or apply, visit Middlesbrough Today | 5

MOBO AWARD TRIO TO GRACE JAZZ WEEKENDER ARTISTS tipped for some of the music industry’s most prestigious awards will be wowing audiences in Middlesbrough next month. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender will showcase The National Youth Jazz Orchestra, newly reformed Tees Valley Youth Big Band and MOBO-nominated/Mercury Prize nominees Roller Trio on Friday, October 19 at Middlesbrough Town Hall. Nominated for MOBO’s Best Jazz Act in its 17th award ceremony watched by over one million viewers, Roller Trio were also nominated for a Mercury Prize with their

eponymous debut studio album in the same year. Built from sound fragments of Leeds nightlife formed and reformed through the musical intelligence and instrumental brilliance of the three musicians it’s an exhilarating, rollicking ride. The newly renovated Middlesbrough Town Hall also sees high class acts such as Joe Lycett, Richard Ashcroft and Jason Manford on this year’s bill. From Mercury Award nominee Laura Jurd to Grammy winner the Mingus Big Band, the

BLIND BOy PAXTON to PLAY Middlesbrough town hall A RISING star of vintage blues is bound for the newly restored historic Courtroom at Middlesbrough Town Hall. Jerron Blind Boy Paxton’s gig on Monday, November 12 is the latest in the venue’s Courtroom Sessions series of Americana acts in partnership with The Jumpin’ Hot Club. Paxton performed to a sold-out audience at the Lead Belly Tribute Concert at Carnegie Hall, New York in February 2016 along with Buddy Guy, Eric Burdon, Edgar Winter, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and other stars. That performance made a huge impression and in the two years since his Paxton’s own star has been rising fast. In October 2018 he will be touring the US with the musicians from this ground-

Mingus Big Band

Jazz Weekender programmed by Ros Rigby will run from Friday, October 19 to Sunday October 21. Full details and tickets for all shows including Roller Trio are available from Middlesbrough Town Hall Box Office on 01642 729 729 or

Jerron Blind Boy Paxton

breaking American Epic Sessions music documentary. This young musician sings and plays banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion and the bones (percussion), with an eerie ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now, and make it real. Influenced by the likes of Fats Waller and Blind Lemon Jefferson, Paxton is a worldclass talent who mesmerises audiences with his humour and storytelling. Lorna Fulton, Head of Programmes at Middlesbrough Town Hall, said: “We are delighted Jerron Blind Boy Paxton has been announced as the second in our Courtroom Sessions series following Kim Richey and Ben Glover on Thursday, November 8.

“I’d urge any blues fan to get their tickets early for this one as it promises to be a great night with this rising star!” Tickets are £15 plus booking fee and are available from www. or by calling the Box Office on 01642 729 729.

MAYOR TRAINS WITH JUNIOR RUGBY LEAGUE TEAM TO MARK BID MILESTONE To mark Tees Valley’s bid to host Rugby League World Cup 2021 games passing its first major milestone, Mayor Ben Houchen took part in a training session with a local junior club. Mayor Houchen met Yarm Wolves’ undernines team at Yarm Rugby Club for a training session, where the team hit the pitch for passing drills. If successful, the bid could give the region an economic boost of up to £8million, attracting tourists from across the world to the area. 6 | Middlesbrough Today

Mayor Houchen said: “I’m delighted we’ve got through to the next stage of the application. This just shows that we have a convincing bid that highlights the best our region has to offer and demonstrates that we are an excellent match for this world-class event. “They may be young, but Yarm Wolves have today shown the spirit and skill to be fantastic ambassadors for the future of Rugby League in the region. . The Rugby League World Cup 2021 bid is being put together by a partnership

Mayor Houchen with Yarm Wolves Secretary Peter Lynn and the under-9s team.

of the Tees Valley Combined Authority, Middlesbrough Council, Darlington Borough Council, Middlesbrough Football Club, and Darlington Mowden Park RFC.

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A dramatic, emotional new play set in the last moments of World War One. Although signed and agreed at 5am on the 11th of November 1918, the ceasefire is set at 11am to allow notice to be delivered to all fronts – and while his mother and father, wife Emmie and young son Billy are celebrating news of the end of the war back home in England, Private Harry Furber and his friend Charlie Juster are sent on one last mission towards enemy lines. John Lyons hugely familiar to audiences from his 17 years as DS George Toolan, in “A Touch of Frost” joins the cast as Harry’s father George. John’s other TV appearances include “Upstairs Downstairs”, “The Onedin Line” and “The Sweeney”.

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by John Goodrum - The Nightmare Room 9th October – 10th December A wicked contemporary thriller based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mystery chiller:


two women | one locked room | one bottle of poison A deliciously dark thriller – from a tale by the master of terror and mystery, Arthur Conan Doyle. When Helen regains consciousness, she finds herself bound and blindfolded in a locked room. Her captor, best friend Catherine, challenges her to a deadly game of Russian roulette to decide which of them will win the handsome film star they both desire. But the game (like the room) is far from what seems Tues 9 - it Wed 10 October…




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The Magic of Motown - 15th – 16th December

Jimmy Osmond 24th September This high energy show will include The Osmonds hits such as “Love Me For A Reason”, “Crazy Horses”, “Let Me IN”. “Going Home” & The Proud One” along with his number 1 “Long Haired Lover From Liverpool”. A great party show for all the family.

Celebrating The Sound Of A Generation! Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town! Seen by over a 1 million people all over the world and recently performed for the Royal Variety Performance 2016. Prepare yourself for 40 back-toback classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience. Includes Free After Show Disco & Late Bar The Perfect Christmas Night Out



MIDDLESBROUGH THEATRE THIS AUTUMN Middlesbrough Theatre has announced another amazing Autumn Season!

A new play by North East playwright Tom Kelly takes to the stage on Tuesday 23rd October. Love Songs is a moving and humorous play comes from the pen of celebrated North East playwright Tom Kelly and features iconic songs like True Love Ways, Love Me Tender and Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

Tom’s authentic and engaging characters inhabit this warm-hearted story of a couple fighting for love and acceptance. The Linthorpe venue welcomes the Chicago Blues Brother Motown Mission on Saturday 6th October. This awardwinning spectacular is Europe’s biggest and best-loved production of the Blues Brothers.

Other musical highlights this Autumn include Big Girls Don’t Cry celebrating the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons on Friday 12th October and Material Girl the Music of Madonna on Saturday 13th October.

The show is a high-octane, adrenalinepumping musical mash-up which has jump- started the legacy of Jake and Elwood for a new generation with its modern twist on this cult classic and an energy and spirit that is impossible to resist.

Looking for a Family Show? Touching, funny and utterly original, Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man comes back to MIddlesbrough Theatre on Sunday 7th and Monday 8th October.

Other autumn highlights include Strictly’s Favourite Robin Windsor The All Fun Farewell Tour, The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, H.G Wells classic The Time Machine and not forgetting the Christmas pantomime Dick Whittington starring Todd Carty (EastEnders) as King Rat and Philip Green (Britain’s Got Talent) as Idle Jack.

What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree? This one sells out quickly so don’t delay in booking your seats! Backed by the multi award-winning CBB Band and the incredible Sweet Soul Sisters, The Chicago Blues Brothers take on some of the biggest Motown anthems along with all the Blue Brothers classics you know and love. With a new stage set and state of the art projection – this is one show you can’t afford to miss.

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Love Drama? Rumpus Theatre Company return on Thursday 11th October with The Devils Bride a fiendish play based on the chilling story by classic Victorian horror author Sheridan Le Fanu. A famous artist’s niece wants to marry an aspiring young painter. But her uncle has made a pact with the devil… The perfect Gothic treat as the nights draw in!

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These facilities or services are owned & supported by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and are managed by Tees Active Ltd.

Ready, Teddy, Go! With Zoë’s Place Calling all businesses to get on your bike for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice and have some fun while peddling for pounds for your local charity.


hether you are a business with two or two hundred employees and whether you are the MD or the receptionist Zoë’s Place would love you to dust the cobwebs off your bike and take on the challenge of riding for them. Teams can peddle from branch to branch, office to office, to customers and supplies or just devise your own routes to enjoy the challenge and even finish your ride at Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice. Launched at The Cleveland Centre, Middlesbrough with the charity’s great supporters Gary Philipson, BBC Tees and local business Doornbos who have already signed up for the challenge and have pledged a team who will cycle from its head office in Rotterdam to its UK site in Billingham. Mark Guidery from Zoë’s Place said: “We want people to get together to ‘peddle for pounds’ for a worthy cause. “We have the lovely Gary Philipson from BBC Tees giving his backing to our initiative and we have a dedicated a website, which you can visit to watch our promotional video and learn more about our campaign. “Ultimately, it’s all about putting a bit of ‘fun’ into fundraising and creating a bit of 10 | Middlesbrough Today

collective team spirit within local businesses to achieve something really worthwhile and, there’s the bonus that participants will get fitter along the way!” Zoë’s Place opened its doors in 2004 to help families with children suffering from life limiting or life-threatening conditions access specialist facilities where their children could receive respite or palliative care. Each year, it costs Zoë’s Place around £1.5 million to provide free care for infants and their families.

Mark concluded: “The support you give will make a huge difference to our special babies and their families. We appreciate every penny you raise and every mile you travel.”

For more information on how you and your business can get involved, head to: Alternatively, you can call Zoe’s Place directly on 01642 457985.

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Runners, walkers, and fundraisers we are proud of you! Youngsters, families and seniors put their best foot forward and conquered the fourteenth Tees Pride 10k. Around 2,300 runners of all ages and abilities took part in the flagship event on Sunday (2 September), which is based at Acklam Hall. The event has again been hailed a runaway success, with the main road race and 3k Fun Run attracting nearly 3,000 entrants from across the region. Runners passed through some of the borough’s most iconic sites along the fast

and flat course, with local residents lining the streets to cheer on the participants, while they enjoyed musical entertainment along the way. Fundraisers flooded the streets, many in fancy dress. As they crossed the finish line, participants were rewarded with medals and commemorative T-shirts to mark their achievement. Councillor Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive member with responsibility for sports development, said: “The Tees Pride 10k Run is an event that has really captured the public’s imagination. “It continues to go from strength to strength, and its ongoing popularity with runners and charity fund-raisers has made it a landmark fixture on the regional calendar.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part, from the organisers to the runners, walkers and charity fund-raisers for making the Tees Pride 10k a day to remember.” Jimmy Wattis, Everyone Active’s events manager and race director, said: “The Tees Pride 10k was once again a fantastic event that was a lot of fun for participants and spectators alike. “As the UK’s longest established leisure operator, we are committed to encouraging people to become more active, and I am over the moon that 3,000 people from across the borough joined us for this fantastic running event. I hope that it encourages people to continue to take part in physical activity.” For more information about Everyone Active, visit:

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Soap in the Cinema Soap in the Cinema will allow select audiences to get up close to some of the actors behind the characters we all know and love, across all the UK soaps. A unique stage show format being held exclusively in Odeon Cinemas, with iconic moments never seen before - on the big screen, Soap in the Cinema promises to offer soap-fans 90-minutes of inimitable and exclusive entertainment. The shows will be presented by BAFTA winning producer and writer, Tony McHale, who as an actor killed Ernie Bishop in ‘Coronation Street’ and then went onto murder many characters as a writer in EastEnders. To complete the formidable duo of hosts is actress Debbie Arnold, the only actor to appear in Corrie, EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Emmerdale as a regular character. She also remains the only person to appear in two soaps simultaneously when she starred as April Branning in EastEnders and Janice Bolton in Hollyoaks. Soap in the Cinema commences in October 2018 and over the following 12 months there will be a total of 24

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shows. Using a pool of over 20 of our biggest soap legends – each event will see Debbie and Tony host a chat show style format, present iconic clips on the big screen, as well as pre-recorded inserts from a galaxy of soap stars.  The tour of Odeon Cinemas commences in Manchester on Sunday 14th October at the Great Northern.  This is followed by three more shows in 2018; Darlington (28th October), Southampton (11th November) and Brighton (25th November).  Each show will be followed by a party for our VIP guests. The Darlington line-up is made up of EastEnders’ John Altman and Sid Owen, Coronation Street’s Brian Capron and Sherrie Hewson, Emmerdale’s Chris Chittell and The Archers’ Tim Bentinck. There will be plenty of opportunity for our guests to interact through a Q&A and competitions where some great prizes can be won.

VIP Ticket Holders After each show there will be an exclusive after-show party attended by all our celebrities plus a few special guests.  VIP ticket holders will walk the red carpet, have an official photograph taken, some of which will be featured in Inside Soap Magazine and the Soap in The Cinema website.  Our VIP guests will be able to take selfies and will receive an exclusive goodie bag. The reception itself will include bubbly and canapes.    

COMPETITION To win two VIP tickets to Soap in the Cinema when it comes to Darlington on 28 October, answer the following question:

What was the name of Debbie Arnold’s character in EastEnders? Closing date for entries is Friday 12th October. Please see page 26 for details of how to enter.

BEING DAVID ARCHER Bronia McGregor caught up with Tim Bentinck ahead of his appearance at Soap in the Cinema in October. The longest running radio soap series in the world, The Archers has kept listeners riveted for more than six decades with its topical scripts and captivating portrayal of modern life in rural Britain. And one man who has seen his fair share of drama in the fictional village of Ambridge is Tim Bentinck, who has played David Archer in the show since joining the cast in 1982, despite never having listened to the programme before his audition. “When I first started I was joining part of a tradition,” explained Tim. “These were seriously famous actors because they were famous before television and radio actors were the massive stars at the time.” And Tim admits that when he first took the role, he could not have imagined he would still be part of the programme 36 years later, with David Archer becoming an integral part of Tim’s life. “I have people coming up to me and asking about my daughter and I actually have two sons so it becomes apparent that they’re asking about David’s life,” admits Tim. And it’s not just fans that get the two confused, as he recently found when performing in a play at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. “I was doing a show called Brexit with Jo Caulfield where she played an EU rep and I was the Prime Minister, Adam, and she called me David live on stage. “We just sort of looked at each other and went ‘what happened there?’” Although Tim has a voice millions of people listen to every evening, he admits it is rare that he gets recognised purely on his voice. “Nobody knows what you look like so it can be a huge surprise to fans of the show,” he admits. “I have sometimes been introduced to people who have listened to The Archers for years and they do a triple take and almost fall over because I’m not what they expected.” When he isn’t playing David, Tim has undertaken a range of stage, film and TV roles, as well as voice acting, including being the voice of TEFL tapes, video game

characters and even the ‘mind the gap’ warning on the London Underground’s Piccadilly Line for 15 years.

And although Darlington is yet to be a stop

His talents also extend to writing, of which he has written a children’s book called Colin the Campervan – with a sequel waiting to be published – and his memoir, Being David Archer: And Other Unusual Ways of Earning a Living.

soap fans can meet their favourite actors and

“I love sitting in the garden on a sunny day with my laptop and writing. I wouldn’t mind doing that all the time.

have some northern blood.

“I’m currently travelling around the country with my book tour so I’m getting to meet and talk to a lot of new people and see lots of new places.

event for me because it’s with TV soap stars.

“Some people don’t like to see radio actors because they have an idea of what the character looks like and it spoils the image. Five million people listen to The Archers so there are five million versions of David.”

on his book tour, Tim is heading north for Soap in the Cinema, a unique event where – in Tim’s case – find out if their image of David Archer matches up with the real thing. “I’m really looking forward to coming to Darlington. My mum is from Sheffield so I

“Soap in the Cinema will be a different I’ve dabbled with TV soaps – I’ve done a few episodes of Casualty, EastEnders and Doctors. “Debbie Arnold has worked really hard to pull it all together and it’s really exciting. It’s a really different event and I think it will grow and grow.” Middlesbrough Today | 17

ANOTHER FAD DIET? NOT THIS TIME… Dr Aria’s programme aims to not only help people lose weight, but keep it off too. Bronia McGregor finds out how it works.


ieting advice can be mind-boggling, with the media telling everyone to limit their portions one minute, then being encouraged to pile their plate high with food loaded with sugar and carbs the next. With so much contradictory – and sometimes just plain confusing – diet advice out there, it can be difficult to keep up with which foods are bad and which are good when it seems like even the experts are changing their minds every two seconds. But Dr Aria Campbell-Danesh believes that no diet works on a long-term basis and that’s why he offers a different approach to weight loss, one that focuses on helping people keep the weight off after they’ve lost it.   As a behaviour change psychologist and creator of the F.I.T. (Focused Insight Training) method, Dr Aria’s programme goes beyond the fad diet to create positive, everyday changes tailored to a person’s lifestyle. “Making healthy choices doesn’t have to be difficult and many people I work with are surprised at how quickly they notice a difference just from changing a few bad habits,” said Dr Aria.  18 | Middlesbrough Today

“For example, if people find they often snack at a certain time, perhaps when they get in the house from work, then doing something productive instead like going for a walk at that time distracts the mind and changes the habit.”

Dr Aria believes that being distracted by other activities while eating means that the brain is unable to form an accurate memory of the food being eaten in the first place, which means that people will be tricked into feeling hungry again sooner.

Dr Aria has worked with clients of all different ages, body types and abilities, including some top Hollywood and sports stars.

This is backed up by a recent study in the British Journal of Nutrition which found that overweight women who were played audio distractions encouraging them to pay attention to their food at lunchtime reduced later snack consumption by 30 per cent.

By looking at people’s mindsets and their emotional attachments to food and weight loss, Dr Aria’s programme works to transform the way his clients think about food to develop new, positive habits around eating and exercise. “People might find that they lose weight quickly by undertaking an intensive fitness programme or restrictive diet, but it’s not sustainable,” warns Dr Aria. “Then, when people begin to put weight back on, there’s often a negative emotional reaction that they’ve failed to maintain it, coupled with a total loss of motivation. “People are much more likely to lose weight healthily and keep it off if they are making small, manageable changes that become second nature in their day-to-day life.” Those looking to shed some pounds may be surprised at one of the factors that may be causing them to overeat without them realising.

“Many of us are guilty of sitting down with a meal and reaching for the remote or snacking while we go through the apps on our phone,” said Dr Aria.  “But engaging in this behaviour means that you are diverting your attention from what you are eating so the brain is unable to register accurately how much food you’ve consumed.” Instead, Dr Aria advises people to make the effort to sit down at a table to eat – which not only makes people more conscious of what they’re choosing to eat but also forces them to move away from a TV or computer – as well as eating more slowly and making an effort to notice what food smells, tastes and looks like. Dr Aria works between the North East and London, with clients around the country who he sees on a one-to-one basis.  Visit for more information

WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE COQUETVALE Located in the nineteenth century country town of Rothbury, on the edge of the Northumberland National Park, The Coquetvale Hotel is perfect for a relaxing break in beautiful countryside or the ideal base for walking, cycling or many outdoor pursuits. The stunning Cragside House and grounds are a 5 minute drive away as are the breath-taking Simonside Hills. A little further afield Alnwick Castle and Gardens as well as the stunning coastline with Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island being landmarks. The Coquetvale Hotel offers the finest Northumberland welcome, offering 14 well-appointed ensuite bedrooms. Boasting a combination of double, twin, family and 2 stunning very recently refurbished superior suites. The hotel recognises that many of the visitors to this spectacular area are those of the 4-legged variety and therefore is very dog friendly. The grand restaurant offers a mix of traditional and modern, with its high ceilings, featuring ornate rose and cornice, decorated in subtle grey and silver – with stunning double

aspect picturesque windows and views towards the Northumberland National Park and Coquet Valley. An experience team of Chefs offer tempting dishes, with many seasonal and daily specials, there truly is something for everyone. Not to mention the award winning breakfast, which boasts locally sourced ingredients. Afternoons teas served daily, and Sunday lunch from midday. The bar offers a diverse selection of wines, guest ales both on tap and bottle, premium spirits and fine wines. The bar is also accessible to our relaxing decked terrace with comfortable seating and panoramic views of Rothbury – weather permitting. Taking new ownership late 2016, the family with a wealth of hotel experience and are focussed on delivery a truly special guest experience, in terms of both service and product so with that in mind are already well underway with a discreet refurbishment programme of all areas, with bedrooms being at the forefront. The Coquetvale, Station Road, Rothbury, NE65 7QH, Northumberland

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A WEEK IN PARADISE Black sand beaches, stunning clifftop views and a sunset famous all around the world, Bronia McGregor discovers the magic of Santorini. The Greek island of Santorini is a favoured destination by the rich and famous, with Kim Kardashian-West, Emily Ratajkowski and Mariah Carey having holidayed there in recent years. My budget, however, was a lot less than that of Hollywood’s elite, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me from making the most of everything it has to offer. Because Santorini is so small, it’s easy to find somewhere affordable to stay on the island without missing out on the hustle and bustle of the more popular villages in the south. 20 | Middlesbrough Today

So while many people choose to stay in Fira, Oia or Imerovigli, famed for whitewashed clifftop hotels overlooking the caldera, if you look to the east side of the island you will find beautiful beach villages Perissa and Kamari for a fraction of the price. Because we compromised on our location, I had assumed that we would spend the majority of our holiday making the most of the bus that frequently runs between the villages on the island so we could spend most of our time in the more popular Fira and Oia. However, having picked a small hotel in Perissa with an owner who couldn’t do enough for us, we were

delighted to find that the village has its own bustling nightlife and food scene. Forgoing the hotel pool after learning the beach was less than a fiveminute walk away, we spent our days sunbathing on the black sand beach, breaking only to grab a bite to eat from the many restaurants overlooking the sea – and enjoy a cocktail or two. And in the evenings the beachside eateries come alive with music, lights and dancing, so much so that we ended up staying in Perissa for more nights than we chose to venture to other parts of the island.

However, when we did decide to go exploring it wasn’t difficult because Fira and Oia are easily accessible for a small fare and a short ride on the bus. Fira, the island capital, is bustling with both locals and tourists and packed full of shops, bars and restaurants, some situated on the edge of the cliffs with stunning views – especially when the sun begins to set. And if you start off early enough and don’t fancy staying on the bus for an extra stop, then there is a popular hiking trail to take you from Fira to Oia via the picturesque village of Imerovigli. The route, which follows the edge of the island, gives you the time

to appreciate the idyllic landscape you are staying in and you might even walk past a wedding party celebrating at one of the many hotels jutting out from the side of the cliff. If you’re dedicated enough to walk the whole way to Oia then pack plenty of water and snacks as it takes three hours, but until you reach the last part of the walk then there are plenty of places to stop and hail a taxi if it gets too much. And while Fira is the place to go if you’re looking for affordable souvenirs or even nightclubs, Oia is home to designer shops, fine dining

and even Santorini’s only bookshop, Atlantis Books, set up by British graduates in 2004 after they fell in love with the place whilst on holiday. It’s no surprise that Santorini is such a popular destination with the stars, but whether you decide to splash out on a room in Oia, choose a beachside hotel on the east or head to the capital, you would be pretty hard-pushed to leave the island without falling in love with it too.

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Headlam Hall to host Jazz & Soul Supper Jazz and soul lovers are in for a special treat at Headlam Hall this October, as the luxury hotel hosts a supper celebrating the two musical genres, with live music performed by talented local band, ‘The Addiction’. The event, which includes a 3-course dinner, is set to involve a serenade of easy listening jazz as diners enjoy their meals, while soul classics will be saved for afterdinner dancing. Due to be hosted in the hotel’s magnificent Coach House, tables of between 2 and 12 are available, making the evening suitable for couples looking for an entertaining date night or for large groups of friends aiming to enjoy an evening of socialising and dancing.

relaxed meal whilst being entertained by very talented local musicians. Easy listening jazz works well during a meal and everyone loves a bit of soul music to get those feet tapping later on! I think live music is something that is not seen often enough outside of big towns and cities and hopefully, if popular, we can make these a regular fixture at Headlam”

Set for Saturday 6th October and starting from 7pm, tickets cost from £34, with dinner included at the County Durham hotel, where diners will have a choice of 3 dishes per course.

For those looking for an extra special occasion, the Coach House bedrooms are available for just £99 per couple, which includes Bed and Breakfast and full use of the spa, meaning guests can enjoy a 3-course supper, live music, accommodation and breakfast for just £167.

Thomas Robinson of Headlam Hall said: “This is a great opportunity to enjoy a

Thomas added: “For those coming from farther afield, our Coach House

accommodation provides them with the perfect opportunity to enjoy a break away with some excellent entertainment thrown in. Even those living relatively locally might want to take up the accommodation offer – as it certainly saves on the taxi! We’re really looking forward to it, and expect it to be a popular event, so encourage people to be quick about booking their spot if they’re keen on getting involved.”

To reserve a table please call the hotel’s reception on 01325 730238, or, for more information on the event, please visit jazz-supper/o119/

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Wilkinsons Plant Centre

The very best plants, at the very best prices

Come and visit our plant centre We have one of the largest ranges of plants in the north east, all at great prices. No matter what you require we have plants suitable for different soil types, sun or shade, different garden locations and much more!

If you're looking for further inspiration we have a series of displays to show you how to create beautiful themed gardens.


Wilkinsons Plant Centre, East Brocks Farm, Eaglescliffe, Stockton on Tees, TS16 0QH Find us on the A67 midway between Yarm & Teesside Airport

Call us today Tel 01642 790409 or 01325 369777 Opening Times: Monday - Saturday 8.30am - 4.30pm Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm

Getting here is now even easier! We’ve upgraded the road approaching the plant centre. In addition to new, improved parking, we have accessible paths around the centre, making it even easier for you to ďŹ nd inspiration for your dream garden.

Middlesbrough Today Sept 2018  

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Middlesbrough Today Sept 2018  

Lifestyle magazine