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Week Commencing 17 April 2017

Friday 21 April 2017

Attended the Mayor of Seaham Town Council Civic Ball, at Seaham Town Hall, South Shields


Seaham Music Academy

Attended the Mayor of Seaham Town Council Civic Ball in aid of local charities. We were greatly welcomed by the Mayor and Consort of Seaham, Councillor Miss Sue Morrison and Steven Greenhalgh.

Before dinner we were entertained by the Seaham Music Academy who gave a superb performance, then we were piped into the main room by an ex guardsman before being seated. Mark Welsh the Town Clerk of Seaham Town Council gave an introduction to venue and welcomed all guests. The Mayor of Seaham Sue Morrison extended a warm welcome to all the guests on the occasion of the thirty second Mayor’s Civic Ball and thanked everyone for their invaluable support and hoped to have a very enjoyable evening. A special thanks went to businesses, organisations and individuals for their kind donations and prizes towards the evenings fundraising activities, and also gave thanks to the staff and caterers for their help in making this event a huge success. The Reverend Paul Harrison of Christ Church said grace before being seated, a royal toast was given by Peter Wood the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

A splendid evening was had by all and eventually dancing to Zen a rock group who played with gusto and verve to 60s, 70s, and 80s music late into the night, my ears were still ringing the next day.


Saturday 22 April 2017

Attended the Mayor of South Tyneside Charity Ball, at Temple Park Centre, South Shields


East Coast Boys



Attended the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside Council Civic Ball, in aid of the Mayor’s Charities for Citizens Advice South Shields, Diabetes UK and Carers Association in South Tyneside, with smaller awards to local good causes at the Mayors discretion. We were welcomed by the Mayor and Mayoress, Councillors Alan and Moira Smith. Whilst we were gathering for entrance to the main function hall we were entertained by a professional Magician, Robert Reed, who displayed card tricks to individuals, his slight of hand was amazing, how he conjured up his wizardry I shall never know.  Civic guests and Mayoral dignitaries were piped into the main function room by an ex Coldstream Guard before being seated. Grace was given by the Father Adrian Dixon and a Royal Toast proposed by Councillor Alan Smith.

The master of ceremonies for the evening was Ray Spence MBE who introduced us to musicians, East Coast Boys, Paul James Band and DJ-Sound Machine.

Everyone had a wonderful evening as the food and entertainment were excellent, the Mayor thanked everyone who generously donated prizes to the Civic Ball, and the proceeds were to be donated to the charities noted. He also thanked the staff members and partners for their help in making the Civic Ball a success.


Sunday 23 April 2017

Attended the Stockton Duathlon at Riverside Road Stockton




As you can see I was ready for the off but they pulled me back as a no-hoper

Attended the Stockton Duathlon Festival at Riverside Road, Stockton. The event, now in its fifth year, is a partnership between Stockton Borough Council and Trihard. The event saw over 800 participants of all ages and abilities compete within a novice, sprint and standard distance. The main aim of the event is to engage and inspire individuals to take part and become more physically active and to raise the profile of Stockton. The event also acts as an age group qualifier for the 2017 World Duathlon Championship and the European Championships.



I think we were more adapted to giving out the prizes on this occasion.

We congratulated all those who took part and those who got the special awards for finishing first, second, and third in their individual event, there were some great achievements throughout the day.


British Red Cross Team – Angie, David, Jack and Kieran


I would like to thank the British Red Cross for their sterling work on the day, being attentive to some of the riders and runners who were injured, muscle tweaks and such like, but also to the quick response to one cyclist who fell and injured his shoulder.  After first aid treatment he was taken to hospital to check out his injuries, a first class team effort by all. We give our regards to all those who got injured and wish them well with fast recovery so they are hopeful to compete in other events in the future.  

Special thanks go to the organisers of this event, all of who gave their time in making it special and exciting.

 Again Stockton putting on a superb event!