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Big Summer Ideas

Summer’s back and, as usual, we expect many of you are wondering what you can get up to with the kids at weekends and while they’re off school. Problem solved, the ‘Big Summer’ website is back again this year to save the day! As popular as ever and packed full with loads of fun ideas to suit all the family – and the weather – you’re bound to find something to please everyone. It even shows you how to get money off at some of the region’s top ....


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Masterplan To Put Station On Track For Bright Future

A masterplan is being drawn up to secure a historic Middlesbrough landmark as one of the region’s key transport hubs. The study - led by Middlesbrough Council with funding from the Tees Valley Combined Authority, First Group – will provide a long-term vision for the rail station and the surrounding area. Middlesbrough Council and Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald are working alongside the rail industry to realise the site’s strategic potential over the coming years. The ....


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Record Breaking Crowds For 2017 Middlesbrough Mela

Record breaking crowds of 45,000 people enjoyed the 2017 Middlesbrough Mela in Centre Square. Crowds were treated to a whole host of multi-cultural delights at the event, which is the biggest of its kind in the North East and is celebrating its 27th year. Middlesbrough Mayor Dave Budd said: “The Mela is always one of the best events we have in Middlesbrough and once again it was brilliant to see so many people turn out to enjoy it. “Our ambition is to make even more ....


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Sporting Chance Scheme Spreads Its Wings

A pioneering scheme to get men more active in Middlesbrough is being picked up around the country. Sporting Chance was launched in 2014, with a winning combination of exercise and socialising based at in friendly local venues around the town. The inclusive programme - a collaboration between Volunteering Matters and Middlesbrough Council Public Health - is aimed at increasing activity levels and reducing social isolation in men over 50s. Activities range from reminiscence sessions and trips ....


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Sporting Chance Scheme Spreads Its Wings

A pioneering scheme to get men more active in Middlesbrough is being picked up around the country. Sporting Chance was launched in 2014, with a winning combination of exercise and socialising based at in friendly local venues around the town. The inclusive programme - a collaboration between Volunteering Matters and Middlesbrough Council Public Health - is aimed at increasing activity levels and reducing social isolation in men over 50s. Activities range from reminiscence sessions and trips ....


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Hartlepool Charity Champion Crowned A Teesside Hero

Hartlepool business owner Mick Sumpter has been recognised for his lifelong commitment to helping children’s charities with a Teesside Hero Award.Despite the seven-days-a-week demands of running MKM Building Supplies, Mick dedicates long hours to supporting a wide range of local charities including Carlton Camp, the Kay Smith Fund, The Haven and Stranton Academy Trust.His efforts have helped raised more than £200,000 in memory of his friend Kay Smith to support families affected by ....


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Business Community’s £20k Boost For Tees Sports Clubs

Many of the Tees region’s leading businesses have banded together under the umbrella of Teesside Philanthropic Foundation to provide a unique £20,000 cash jackpot to 15 local sports clubs. The Foundation’s first ever £20,000 Sporting Golden Giveaway will give not-for-profit sports groups from Middlesbrough, Stockton, Loftus, Thornaby, Hartlepool, Guisborough and Billingham a chance to share the cash. The groups include football teams, swimming clubs, a boxing gym, a ....


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Cleveland Police Advice Following London Bridge Terrorist Attack

Statement in response to London Bridge terrorist attack from Cleveland Police Assistant Chief Constable Jason Harwin: “Our condolences are with all those affected by Saturday’s shocking terrorist attack at London Bridge and Borough Market which saw many people killed and many more injured.  Our thoughts remain with their families and friends, as well as with our colleagues from the London forces, the local emergency services and other partner organisations in the ....


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Tributes Paid To Veteran Councillor And Union Stalwart

  Tributes have been paid to a veteran councillor and stalwart of the trade union movement who has died this week. Councillor Bernie Taylor, who represented Middlesbrough’s Ayresome Ward, passed away at the age of 74 following a short illness. A former Cleveland County Councillor, Cllr Taylor became a Middlesbrough Councillor in 1995 and has represented Ayresome Ward ever since his election. As a ward member he championed Acklam Green and worked with residents and the ....


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Snow Centre Set To Transform Middlehaven

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 ....


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Tees Firms “wide Open” To Nhs-style Cyber-attack, Warns It Specialist Cornerstone

Leading IT specialist Cornerstone Business Solutions has warned that hundreds of North-East organisations could be leaving themselves wide open to cyber-attacks similar to the one that paralysed NHS systems over the weekend. A number of hospital trusts are still suffering ongoing disruption following Friday\'s ransomware virus that is believed to have affected 200,000 machines in 150 countries. But Cornerstone managing director Chris Petty says that Teesside organisations would be making ....


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Gram’s Back Begging – But It’s All To Help Others This Time

Gram Seed admits he was once a “master” at begging money to fund his life of booze and drugs. Now he’s back doing the same thing, only this time the money he’s pleading for is for others in need. Back in the mid-1990s Gram’s home was a bench outside the old Post Office on Middlesbrough’s Grange Road, from where he begged on a daily basis, often receiving hundreds of pounds a week. Now he’s back begging again but now the funds he raises will help ....


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Eco-friendly Ship In The Sabic Global Supply Chain Named On Teesside

  A new liquefied ethylene gas carrier (LEG) was named on Teesside today. Operated by German shipping company Hartmann Reederei and GasChem Services, the eco-friendly sea vessel will carry shipments of ethane gas from Houston in the US to SABIC’s cracker at Wilton on Teesside under a long-term time charter. SABIC recently converted its Teesside cracker during a major investment to enable it to take ethane gas alongside other feedstocks, to make it one of the most flexible and ....


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Trust Chief To Unveil New Transporter Heritage Award

SIR William McAlpine is to officially unveil a Transport Trust Red Wheel plaque recognising the transport heritage significance of the Tees Transporter Bridge at a ceremony on Friday, April 7. The Tees Transporter Bridge will join an elite list of transport heritage landmarks recognised by the prestigious Transport Trust’s Red Wheel award, including the nearby Darlington North Road Station, Saltburn Cliff Lift and the sites of the Rainhill Locomotive Trails and SS Great Britain’s ....


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Investment Vision Puts Town On Track For Growth

Bold and ambitious plans to drive forward Middlesbrough’s economic resurgence are formally launched this week. The strategy - spearheaded by Elected Mayor Dave Budd and Middlesbrough Council Chief Executive Tony Parkinson – will see the town transformed through investments totalling almost £700 million. Over the next four years the Council is committed to an injection of £74 million into a series of exciting developments as part of the town’s far-reaching ....


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Restaurant Apprenticeship Is A Fork In The Road For Len

Charity-led Middlesbrough eatery The Fork in the Road is hoping to cook up a career for Len Thurlow after he became the restaurant’s first apprentice. Working with Stockton Riverside College, the not-for-profit project on Linthorpe Road plans to create a number of apprenticeships through works experience opportunities. Backed by Middlesbrough-based national charity CEO Sleepout, The Fork in the Road is run by experienced catering professionals who mentor trainees including ....


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Tees Businesses’ £20k Boost For Charities And Schools

Many of the Tees region’s leading businesses have banded together under the umbrella of Teesside Philanthropic Foundation to provide a unique £20,000 cash jackpot to local charities and schools. The £20,000 Golden Giveaway will give 15 Tees charities, schools and community groups a chance to share the cash, which is being made available by Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation. Among the Tees businesses backing the scheme as patrons of the Foundation are ....


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Sabic’s Cracker Upgrade Safeguards Thousands Of Teesside Jobs

A major project to upgrade SABIC’s Olefins 6 plant at Wilton, near Redcar, is up and running, following the largest single investment in the Teesside chemical industry for a generation. After several years of uncertainty, the multi-million pound project has safeguarded thousands of local jobs and secured the chemical company’s future on Teesside. The 37-year-old plant – commonly known as the Cracker - has undergone complex modifications to allow it to process ethane ....


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Cattle And Cane Poised For Big Launch Of Middlesbrough\'s Only Dry Bar

  Popular local band Cattle and Cane together with comedian Fran Garritty will perform at the opening night of Teesside’s only dry bar as Dry January draws to a close on January 26. Bar Zero is part of a charity-run, not-for-profit social enterprise that has already seen the successful launch of The Fork in the Road restaurant. The bar will serve food, soft drinks, tea and coffee but no alcohol. It is part of a wider programme to help people in the town with drink ....


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Teesside’s Iron And Steel Heritage Explored In New Social History Blog

Historian and Boro fan Dr Tosh Warwick has published a blog about Teesside\'s iron and steel heritage that has reached a worldwide audience. ‘From an ‘Infant Hercules’ to the death of Teesside Steelmaking: History and Heritage along the ‘Steel River’’ by Dr Tosh Warwick explores the wider cultural, heritage and social implications of the closure of the Redcar steelworks in 2015. The blog has already been retweeted, shared and read by hundreds across the ....


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New Year Solution: Get Active

This year, why not try something that is good for your mind, your health and the environment? Cycling, walking and using public transport can all make a difference to the way we travel and the way we feel. So, join the active travel revolution. Start by simply swapping one regular car journey, like the school run or commuting to work, for the bike, the bus or your feet. You’ll feel the benefits straight way, on the inside and the out. Our environment will thank you too. Discover ....


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Grease Is The Word For Riverside Drive-in Launch

The events team behind the hugely successful SKY Live air show will launch Teesside’s first drive-in cinema on Valentine’s Day with a showing of the film classic, Grease. The Riverside Drive-in Cinema takes place in the big car park behind Middlesbrough Football Club’s Riverside Stadium on the night of February 14, with parking spaces for up to 1,000 cars. It will feature a 10m x 4m hi-resolution movie screen, with romantic couples able to listen in via a special frequency ....


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New Tees Restaurant Shares Festive Spirit With Amazing Grandparents

New Middlesbrough restaurant, The Fork in the Road, delivered a taste of festive spirit when it served a free Christmas Day lunch to some of Teesside’s most marginalised families. Just a day after its Christmas Eve launch, the charity-funded, not-for-profit eaterie opened its doors to spread some festive joy among its special guests. Those in attendance among the 40-strong group were underprivileged Teesside children and the grandparents who care for them in the absence of their ....


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Orange Pip Market Cancelled Due To Severe Weather

The Christmas Eve instalment of Orange Pip Market has been cancelled due to severe weather warnings. High wind speeds, predicted to hit up to 43mph on Saturday, mean it would be unsafe to hold the popular monthly event. Orange Pip curator Nicky Peacock said: “We are sorry to have to let everyone know we have taken this decision for safety reasons. “With the predicted wind speeds so high we would be unable to even begin building the market and erecting the gazebos and stalls. ....


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Take The Bus To The Christmas Party

It\'s that time of year again when everything and everybody is gearing up to Christmas. It\'s also the time for having plenty of fun and socialising!   If you\'re looking forward to a Christmas party or simply meeting up with friends, why not catch the bus into town and enjoy the festivities without having the hassle of taking the car?  Whatever you’re up to this festive season, make your trip easier by planning your bus journey at ....


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