At the beginning of April I hosted a tour of the Borough for the new Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Jo Ropner, and Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Sir Harry Wilmot. A Lord-lieutenant is the Queen’s personal representative in each county and their role includes promoting their area, arranging visits from members of the royal family, and acting as liaison with local Armed Forces. It was only a short tour but the itinerary gave a flavour of what our borough has to offer, starting with a look around Preston Park Museum, visiting thriving local businesses Harrison Packaging and Cubic Transportation Systems Ltd, and then on to Hampton by Hilton Hotel and The Globe Theatre. As a borough we are not only proud of our heritage but also ambitious for the future so it was great to have the opportunity to showcase this.
Local author, Fiona Erskine, launched her new book The Chemical Detective in April at Preston Park Museum and we had a wonderful evening celebrating with her and Drakes the Bookshop who had organised the event. As the title suggests, The Chemical Detective is mystery about a scientist who is framed for murder and has to solve the mystery. I wish every success in her book sales!
I was delighted to attend the Bright Lights Celebration at Teesside Park to present the young people who had attended the programme their certificates. Bright Lights is a skills and employment programme that helps people of all ages and abilities discover their potential and grow. It is the second time I have had the opportunity to present certificates and it is great to meet the young people and find out about the skills they’ve gained.
Stockton Duathlon is a great occasion in our annual events programme and it was great fun to be there to set off the races!
I have showed my support for Civics’ across our region by attending charity events held by the Chair of Durham, Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Mayor of Darlington, Civic Head of Northumberland, and Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland. I also hosted the monthly Citizenship Ceremony and joined in with the Tees Valley North St Georges Day celebrations at RSPB Saltholme.