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Week Commencing 10 April 2017

Monday 10 April 2017

Attended the Mayor of South Tyneside Charity Afternoon Tea at Mambo Wine and Dine South Shields



We were cordially invited to attend an afternoon tea at the Mambo Wine and Dine venue in South Shields, where we met up with the Mayor and Mayoress Councillors Alan and Moira Smith in support of the ‘Mayors Charity Fund’. We were also in good company with other Mayors, Dignitaries ,Civic Heads, and Chairs of the region who furthered the cause of their charities, Diabetes UK and Young Carers South Tyneside. There was local entertainment by the Beacon Band who have been around for many years with experience playing in the North East and in Germany. They entertained us with an easy style, which seemed suitable for everyone who attended the venue.


Tuesday 11 April 2017

Judging the Stockton Borough Council Millennium Bridge Photo Competition 


What a fantastic collection of Photographs submitted for this competition over 500 from almost 100 entrants. The quality, detail and colour were astonishingly high, even the black and white photos, this made judging almost impossible to choose. We could have picked many as first choice but the entry by Michelle Williams from Northumberland, with the bridge set against a beautiful sunset and its transcendental mood gave it that little bit extra in my opinion. Michelle, an amature photographer, has dedicated the photograph to her late parents Joe and Gwen Williams who lived in Skelton.  

Its almost 10 years since the construction of the ‘Infinity Bridge and has become one of Stockton’s truly Iconic structures, in fact it’s been noted that it is one of five iconic bridges, most photographed in the world!

I’d like to say thanks to everyone who took part. These images have reached many thousands of people on social media and theres no doubt they will have helped spread the word about our beautiful bridge and what a wonderful area we live in.


A gallery of the Infinity Bridge photographs can be viewed on the Council’s Facebook page


Wednesday 12 April 2017

Hosting the Monthly Citizenship Ceremony Town Hall Stockton

Became part of the process of the monthly Citizenship ceremony at the Town House in the High Street, welcoming three different nationalities, South Africa, India and Zimbabwe, to swear their allegiance to our Queen and Country and the commitment to becoming British Citizens. It also give them the opportunity to understand the local history of Stockton and the way the area has been developed over the years, including the way the Council is progressing for a brighter future. It was obvious they were overjoyed and grateful with the events of the day and were invited to take photographs with the Mayor and Mayoress at the end of the ceremony. 


Thursday 13 April 2017

Attended the Mayor of Ripon Charity Dinner Dance at the Ripon Spa Hotel




Attended the Mayor of Ripon, North Yorkshire, Dinner Dance in aid of the Mayor’s Charities for Parkinson’s Local Group and Middle of the Road Stroke Support Group. We were warmly welcomed by the Mayor and Mayoress of Ripon, Councillor Adrian and Robina Morgan who were good-humoured and sociable hosts for the evening. The event was also attended by other Mayors and dignitaries of the North East who were in for a rare treat of entertainment and local history.


Firstly, DN Jazz Duo struck up some traditional and modern jazz themes, I felt in my element at this time as I remember the good old days stomping around at the Cotham jazz club in Redcar. When I asked them to play Dave Brubecks ‘Time Out’ it came with a pleasant surprise when the duo played with exceptional ease and true to its beat, fantastic.


Then came the treat of all treats with the congregation of the ‘Ripon Hornblowers’. The history of the Ripon Horn, known as the Ripon Wakeman, and the ancient ceremony of ‘Setting the Watch’ dates back to the year 886 when Alfred the Great visited the city and bequeathed a charter of support against marauding Vikings. He offered a symbol of the charter, which was a horn to be played each night at 9.00pm at the four corners of the market cross to let the people know that ‘The Watch Was Set’ knowing full well it was safe for sleeping. The ‘Setting of the Watch’ is still continued nightly in Ripon which is now carried out by this group of hornblowers, they gave us a sample of what the locals have heard for many centuries. If you want to know the history of this ancient ceremony search the internet, it will give you more detail than I can give.

After the charity appeal, auction of promises and raffles, we were entertained by the Blue Duck Disco, to trip the light fantastic far into the night. A pleasurable experience by all and a well-deserved thanks’ given to the hosts for a superb evening. 



Friday 14 April 2017

Attended the Mayor of Hetton Town Council Annual Charity Dinner in  Houghton Le Spring


We were enthusiastically greeted by the Mayor and Mayoress  Councillors  David and Glenis Wallace, who were looking forward to a unique and enjoyable evening. The Mayors Civic Dinner was in honour of Councillor David Wallace and his nominated charities, Hetton New Dawn and Hetton 36th Air Training Squadron Air Cadets.

Hetton Council also recognised members of the community of Hetton-le-Hole and District community who have made valid, selfless and worthwhile contributions to community life no matter in what capacity, but have devoted their own time and energies for the benefit of others. The two people nominated were Mr Alan Jackson who is a vital member of the community and gives so much time and advice to supporting and organising Hetton Art Club, Hetton Heritage Society and the Sculpture for Hetton and much more. The other nominated person was Kevin Shurburn for his recognition of the many years service given to Hetton Karate Club and also for the many years as a leader at the 1st Eppleton Scouts.

We were entertained by The Little Big Band whilst the evenings fundraising was conducted by special draw envelopes and raffle prize draws, during which we were able to dance to the 60s music and modern jazz, I’ve got to say the 60s music does get people up on the dance floor, very enjoyable.