I started February by attending Barnardo’s Voice of Teesside Showcase where Young people from Grangefield Academy, Barnardos Tees Valley Services and Youth Music wowed the audience with their talents. We have some very gifted young people in our Borough and I am very proud of them.
As always, I have been delighted to attend different events held by the community. I was privileged to be invited to a local Veterans group who were holding a Burns Night event with support from the Durham branch SSAFA representatives. I also supported the Home Safety Association at their stall in Thornaby Town Centre promoting ways to make the home environment that little bit safer. Stockton and Darlington Railway was the worlds very first public railway, and in February I attended commemoration of the 200th anniversary of a meeting held to discuss the building of the railway. The event was held in the George and Dragon pub in Yarm, believed to be the of site the meeting, and included a recreation of the proceedings.
You may have seen already the good news that the White House Care Home were rated outstanding in 3 Key Lines of Enquiry for their CQC inspection. They are the first ever older peoples care home to achieve this in our area and so a celebration event was held which I was extremely pleased to be invited to. Everyone that is part of the home should be proud of the achievement, all the hard work that the staff carry out day in and day out has a massive impact on people’s quality of life and deserves to be recognised. Good news travels fast and the White House have even made it on to the TV, with a special feature on This Morning that aired on 27 February!
Throughout the month I have been proud to represent our Borough and support my fellow North East Civics by attending the events that they have held. These included a Community Celebration in Hartlepool, North Tyneside’s Chairman’s Charity Dinner, a charity social evening at Eighton Banks, and a charity Clairvoyant Night at South Tyneside.
On a more sombre note, I attended the funeral of Former Councillor, Freeman of the Borough and Honorary Alderman, Bob Gibson OBE. Bob was first elected to Cleveland County Council in 1981 and served in local government for 34 years, including 17 years as Council Leader. He stepped down as a councillor at the 2015 Local elections and in the same year the Council awarded him both Honorary Alderman status and the Freedom of the Borough. The service took place in the Parish Church in Stockton High Street and it was good to see so many people attending to pay their respects.
I welcomed two group to the Town Hall this month, the Norton Heritage History Group and the 3rd Norton Brownies. It is always a pleasure to show people around our historic Town Hall and tell them about our unique history!
March is my last month as Mayor, but I’m sure it will be as busy as ever!