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A Small Town In Europe... 15 Years On

  Join Ray Parlour, Franck Queuedrue, Tony McMahon, Stuart Parnaby and Stewart Downing and more for a night of nostalgia at the Riverside… On September 16 2004, Boro became A Small Town In Europe, beating Banik Ostrava 3-0 in the club’s first ever game in a major European competition. On the eve of the 15 year anniversary of that unforgettable night, on Sunday September 15, supporters young and old are invited to join former stars including Ray ....


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Boro Mayors\' Official Launch For Community Bank

A major initiative to combat ruthless loan sharks has been officially launched by Middlesbrough Mayors old and new. Current elected Mayor Andy Preston formally opened the town\'s new Community Bank this week (Tuesday, August 6). The bank opened its doors earlier this year, offering support to those in financial hardship who may otherwise be turned away from the major high street names. The initiative was kick-started by former Mayor Dave Budd, who was among the guests at Tuesday\'s ....


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Save Our Show! Save The Cleveland Show

It’s been a Teesside institution for three quarters of a century – but this month’s Cleveland Show could be the last for an event that attracts up to 14,000 visitors. The show’s volunteer organisers say rising costs, falling sponsorship and the weather have left the North East’s biggest agricultural show on the edge. Now they’ve issued a rallying call to the public – and potential sponsors – to ensure this year’s Cleveland Show, ....


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Two English Transporter Bridges

This Friday, June 21 (7-9pm) Warrington Town Hall Council Chamber will host the Friends of Warrington Transporter Bridge (FOWTB) as part of an event that will celebrate two of England\'s most historically significant and unique bridges.  The Warrington event will hopefully help to connect north east and north west industrial heritage. Warrington\'s gondola carrying a rail carriage across from the peninsula in 1928 (reproduced with kind permission of Unilever from an original in ....


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Help Saint Helena’s Footballers Make Historic Trip

  St Helena football team have written to us and other fanzines to help raise funds to take part in an inter island football tournament in Anglesey this summer. You probably knew that Napoleon was exiled on St Helena but did you know our own Captain James Cook visited the British Overseas Territory twice half a century before.   The tiny South Atlantic island of Saint Helena has an ambition to play in the Inter Games in Anglesey. Having once before failed to raise the funds to ....


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Carrying David - Glenn Mccrory

  On June 3, 1989, Glenn McCrory became the very first world champion boxer from the North East and a new play will celebrate that historical achievement. It will also shine a light on a family tragedy that was the boxer\'s driving inspiration. The boxer who fought so many of his biggest fights on his second home of Teesside. Carrying David, which outlines Glenn\'s  bumpy rise to becoming the world cruiserweight champion, has been written by top North East playwright Ed Waugh and ....


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Bluebells Light Up Albert Park For Cancer Charity

  A colourdful display at a popular Middlesbrough park is raising awareness for a marathon charity fund-raising effort. Last October Soroptimist International of Middlesbrough planted 500 bluebells in Albert Park in aid of Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care. The charity provides custom-made vehicles to transport outpatients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy cancer treatment to and from hospital free of charge. And at the weekend their efforts - with the help of Park ....


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A New Deal For Middlesbrough Promised By Labour\'s Mick Thompson

  Mick Thompson, Labour\'s candidate for Mayor, today launched his \"New Deal for Middlesbrough\", who pledged to be a Mayor who will build on Middlesbrough\'s recent successes, create jobs for local people, and put power in the hands of local communities.   In a nod to Middlesbrough\'s heritage, the open-air launch was held at Transporter Park, Middlehaven - home of the innovative Urban Pioneers development - and attended by Middlesbrough Labour activists and council candidates. ....


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Greatham Boat Houses Revisited

In 2018, River Tees Rediscovered invited artists of all disciplines to submit applications to develop a new piece of work exploring the notion of ‘community’, inspired by the vanished houseboat community of Greatham Creek between Stockton and Hartlepool. The successful application was boat-house-theatre from artists Tom Adams and Dan Scott. Tom and Dan have already spent time in the area researching Greatham Creek and engaging with people who spent time there, or have memories of ....


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Andy Preston Standing For Mayor

  Businessman and charity leader Andy Preston has promised to fight to bring jobs, investment and a new era of openness to the town’s politics after announcing he is standing in the Middlesbrough mayoral election.   Four years ago Linthorpe-born Mr Preston narrowly missed out as Labour’s Dave Budd instead became the town’s second directly elected mayor after the election went to a dramatic second round.   Since then he has continued to be one of ....


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Tees Charity £2m Funding Milestone Fighting Homelesness

  A Teesside charity that has inspired 2,000 UK business leaders to sleep rough for the night has achieved a £2 million fundraising milestone in a fight against national homelessness and poverty. And, with 15 fundraising events scheduled across the country in the forthcoming months, the charity’s founder and chairman Andy Preston is predicting £2.5 million will be achieved by the end of 2019. Believed to be the first charity of its type in Europe, over the past ....


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Tees Charity Donates 3 Million Pence To Celebrate £3 Million Raised

  A unique Teesside charity is celebrating reaching a £3 million fundraising milestone by donating 3 million pence – that’s £30,000! – to a local not-for-profit project. Teesside Philanthropic Foundation has achieved the magical milestone just seven years after launching – with its founder-chairman Andy Preston describing the charity as “a powerful force for good”. “Raising this much money for charity is a great testimony to ....


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Dine Out On Town\'s History

    Local restaurants are running special deals to mark Middlesbrough Town Hall’s 130thanniversary celebrations this weekend. On Saturday, January 26, Turtle Bay are offering three courses for £15 and 2 for 1 cocktails all day. Meanwhile Eliano\'s will offer 20% off the food bill on the weekend of the 130 year celebrations of the town hall. Customers just have to quote 130 when booking. Middlesbrough Town Hall is celebrating its 130th with a ....


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Middlesbrough Town Hall 130 Birthday Party

An icon of the North East skyline turns 130 this month – and everyone’s invited to the party. Middlesbrough Town Hall is marking the major milestone with a packed programme of free events on Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26. The neo-Gothic masterpiece’s anniversary comes less than a year after the building re-opened following a 21-month and £7.7m refurbishment funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Middlesbrough Council. The party gets off to a ....


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Tees Food Bank Reveals Demand Has More Than Doubled In Just Three Years

  Shocking new figures have revealed that demand for support from a Tees food bank has more than doubled in just three years. More than 5,000 people turned for help to Middlesbrough Foodbank during 2018 – a massive increase from 2,000 just three years ago. The gloomy figure was revealed as members of Teesside’s business community rallied round to spread some Christmas cheer through charity Teesside Philanthropic Foundation - making £14,000 in donations to local ....


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Dad Would Be So Proud,” Says Blood Bike Charity Volunteer After £5,000 Success

  A Teesside volunteer has dedicated a £5,000 charity win to the memory of his ‘hero’ dad who died in a tragic biking accident two years ago while delivering blood to help others. Martin Dixon, 56, was a volunteer with Bloodrun EVS (Emergency Voluntary Service), a charity which sees bikers transport crucial blood supplies between hospitals. Mr Dixon was collecting blood from the University Hospital of Hartlepool to take to the University Hospital of North Tees in ....


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Celebration Of Middlesbrough’s Community Kindness

  Middlesbrough\'s reputation as a place of welcome, community spirit and support will be celebrated at an event later this month. Middlesbrough City of Kindness takes place in the Crypt at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Thursday, November 15 as part of National Interfaith Week. Middlesbrough Council’s Stronger Communities Team (SCM) will be showcasing their work in the borough’s Brambles & Thorntree, North Ormesby and Newport wards. And there will be an ....


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We Welcome You To Discover Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough might still be a relatively new town but it has a rich and almost unique heritage and history. We invite everyone to explore that industrial and artistic heritage, still living and breathing today. For three weeks starting this afternoon, there are walks, talks, tours, exhibitions open days and open doors, please accept our annual invitation to get out and about and Discover Middlesbrough. This afternoon at 2pm the Friends of Linthorpe Cemetery open the gates to the ....


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Brand New Play At Stockton’s Arc Shows Strength In Community

  A 15-strong Teesside community chorus is joining forces with actors with a string of stage and TV credits including Coronation Street and Emmerdale for a brand new play at Stockton’s ARC on Wednesday 26 September. Occupation, written by North East based writer and performer Pauline Heath, is a hard-hitting, moving and often hilarious play, focussing on a disability rally, where people who normally wouldn’t dream of taking part in a protest have gathered together to draw ....


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Parkrunners Mark Cook’s 250th Anniversary

  Parkrunners embarked on their own voyage of discovery to mark 250 years since Captain James Cook set sail on board the Endeavour. At the front as the weekly 5k race at Stewart Park began was Boro Fly Me to the Moon fanzine editor Rob Nichols in full Cook costume. The Parkrun at Stewart Park starts outside the Captain Cook Birthplace museum and takes in the map of the world depicting Cook’s voyages and passes the granite vase which marks the spot where the famous explorer ....


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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 will be Saturday 8 September between 10-11:30 and everyone is ....


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Fulstow Boys Premiere

  Tonight ARC will be premiering a new drama from a dynamic and innovative playwright, who also happens to be an avid Boro season ticket holder, Gordon Steel\'s The Fulstow Boys kicks off at 7.30pm (Thursday 6th September) Award-winning writer Gordon Steel’s brand new play, The Fulstow Boys has been produced in association with South Shields’ The Customs House and is a powerful, poignant, and hilarious play based on a true story. A slice of history is exposed under the ....


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10 Runs For 10 Years Of The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

  Football writer, George Caulkin, is one of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation’s most dedicated Patrons. He supports the charity in any way he can and this year, to celebrate the Foundation’s 10th anniversary, he decided to undertake a personal running challenge to help raise funds – 10 runs for 10 years.George has already completed seven of his planned runs, including the Paris and London Marathons, despite injury, difficult weather conditions and a hectic work schedule, ....


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Town Hall Is Real Deal

  ITV’s Hit Antiques Show Dickinson’s Real Deal is coming to Middlesbrough Town Hall on Saturday, September 1. Why let your antiques collect dust in the attic when you can sell them for cash? Take money on the spot from a dealer OR if you think your item is worth more….take a gamble at auction! Dickinson’s Real Deal is currently one of the most popular daytime shows on ITV and is regularly watched by over a million people. Back for a fifteenth ....


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Ace New Tennis World Facilities Unveiled By Tees Valley Mayor

  Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen served up a winner when he marked the start of the British Open at Wimbledon by unveiling the first phase of a £200,000 investment in Tennis World Middlesbrough this Wednesday (July 4th). The investment in new indoor and outdoor courts together with LED lighting is the first phase of what will comprise the biggest project since Teesside’s biggest independent tennis club opened in 1986. While the new courts are now in use, an ....


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