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July 2015

This week got under way with a hugely important appointment at Durham Castle as I attended the launch of the North East’s ‘Case for Culture’ manifesto.

The region’s cultural vision for the next 15 years was outlined and has been developed to set out the benefits of investing in culture to the area’s people, places and economy.

On Thursday I was delighted to attend the official opening of the new £2.7m Billingham Library and Customer Service Centre.

The building brings together new and improved library services plus customer services for Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and Thirteen housing group, a cash office and Billingham Town Council headquarters.

It also recently scooped the prize for Best New Public Building at the Local Authority Building Control’s (LABC) Northern Regional Awards, where judges commended the project for the use of new technology, sustainable products and for creating a building which complemented the ongoing regeneration of Billingham Town Centre.

On the evening it was time to attend the opening night of this year’s SIRF – the 28th edition of this wonderful and inspiring event.

SIRF15 got under way in spectacular fashion with a circus performance consisting of a spectacular trapeze act.

The jubilant atmosphere made for a great night and I would urge everyone to come down to Stockton over the weekend and get involved with the amazing array of acts on offer at SIRF right here on our doorstep.

The working week wound down with my regular update meeting on Friday morning with Margaret Waggott, Head of Democratic Services for Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.

Over the weekend I enjoyed many of the acts at this year’s SIRF alongside my family.

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