Monday 18 April 2016
Attended the Mayor of North Tyneside ‘ At Home ‘ afternoon tea. The entertainment was provided mainly by learning disabilities group, with enthusiastic gusto they sang well-known local songs such as ‘Fog on the Tyne’ and a rendition of ‘ I’m proud to be a Geordie ‘ I didn’t know the words to this one. A very pleasant and entertaining afternoon.
Tuesday 19 April 2016
Attended a traditional Fish and Chip tea hosted by Mayor of Hartlepool the venue being on the front at Seaton Carew.
Thursday 21 April 2016
9.30am Attended Dolphin Centre for the Tees Valley games swimming gala and wheelchair basket ball. This was a fantastic event showing the swimming prowess of the children from across the Tees Valley area, it was great to see children of all ages competing at what I thought was a high standard.
We also watched and got an insight into wheelchair basketball. We were informed that this sport, which is beginning to prosper in the Tees Valley area, is actively helping and encouraging people with a disability to participate and helping to integrate in the sporting world. I was really impressed with the turn out and involvement of so many children.
Needless to say our Stockton schools did well in the swimming and the wheelchair basketball was won in a hard fought final by Stockton. Well Done to all that took part and attended that day.
6.00pm Attended the Celebration of her Majesty the Queens 90th birthday in the High Street Stockton, It was a great honour to address the people who attended reading out a message from his Majesty Prince Charles before lighting the beacon. I have to admit that although it was a cold evening I got rather hot when being photographed near the beacon as the wind was blowing the flame towards me.
Friday 23rd April
Attended the Mayor of South Tynesides Ball, it was an enjoyable evening with again good company, we arrived home in the early hours.
Sunday 24th April
9.30am Attended Duathlon held on Riverside road, Stockton. This event has grown from strength to strength every year with this year over 800 people taking part in one of the three races. It was a bitterly cold day and I suppose the adrenaline kept the participants warm. The determination of the novices and hardened competitors was evident to see as they cross and in some cases staggered over the finish line with races consisting of run/cycling /run. Seeing some of the cycles I wouldn’t have got my cycle out of the garage, the last race the Intermediate was classed as a qualifier for the national championships so it show how far the event has come.
I would have taken part but one of my stabilizers came off which meant I would have ridden around in circles ;-)
Don’t forget to that the National Road Race Championships will be held in Stockton Borough between 23rd and 26th June 2016. This should be a fantastic event.