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Week Commencing 7 August 2017

Tuesday 8 August 2017

Attended the Motor Neurone Disease Association 30th Anniversary Launch, at Cherry Hill Nursery, Stokesley Road Middlesbrough


MND – 30TH Birthday celebrations at Cherry Hill Nurseries, Middlesbrough.

It was a pleasure to be invited to the celebrations and as one of our main charities in this, our Mayoral, year, we are hoping to raise lots of money to donate to this worthwhile cause. Our campaign also is to help the charity raise awareness of MND so the needs of people with MND and everyone who cares for them are recognised and addressed by the wider society. Until there is a cure for MND what matters most is that people living with the disease receive the right care in the right place at the right time.

The MND Association Cleveland Group was established 30 years ago by volunteers Luke and Patricia Rutter. Luke and Pat still run the group and have been doing so for 30 years with the support of other local volunteers. The event is a celebration of all that the group has achieved since it began.



With Hillary Maddren prolific campaigner MND 



With Luke Rutter founder of the Cleveland MND Group

It was both uplifting and humbling to meet the sufferers and carers of this debilitating condition. There was a strong determination on both sides to make the best of life and the support amongst themselves was very evident. So it was fantastic to join in the celebrations and get the chance to meet the people that we are supporting in our Mayoral year.


Friday 11 August 2017

Attended the Funeral of former councillor Mr Fred Salt at St Cuthbert’s Church , Church Road, Redmarshall


St Cuthbert’s Church Redmarshall.

It was with deep regret that we learned of the sad loss of our colleague and friend Frederick George Salt. His service was held at St Cuthbert’s Church in Redmarshall in Stockton, and was conducted by the Reverend John Hearn.

Fred, as he was known, made untold contributions to the committees he served on Stockton Borough Council from May 1999 to May 2011, representing the Western Parishes Ward as the sole Councillor for that period. He served on the following committees during that period:-

Licencing, Planning, Employer Appeals, Elderly Citizens Forum, Regeneration & Transport Select Committee and was Vice Chair of Planning Committee from 2009 to 2011. He also represented Stockton Borough Council on the Cleveland Fire Authority from 2007 to 2011.

What I know about Fred during his councillor activities is that he was honest, reliable, dependable and a man of strong principles. He was traditionally conventional, careful, and immensely private and the family meant everything to him. For his dedication and longevity of service Fred was honoured by the Council as an Honorary Alderman in 2015.

Fred you were a true gentleman and will sorely be missed.


Friday 11 August 2017

Attended the Opening Dinner of Billingham International Folklore Festival at the Festival Marque, Sports Centre, Marsh House Avenue, Billingham


At the reception and VIP Preview dinner in Billingham

It gave us great pleasure to welcome all performers to the 53rd celebration of World Dance, Folklore and Music. We offered a special welcome to all of the dance groups for making the sacrifice and commitment to be in Billingham, and thanked the groups for the willingness to come and share their fantastic skills and passion for music and dance.

The Festival provides everyone who attends with a wonderful opportunity to take a trip ‘round the world’ to experience some of the amazing sights and sounds of other cultures. It also plays a very important and practical contribution to building international friendship and goodwill for the people of this Borough. And long may it continue. The Billingham Festival 2017 is proud to present this year’s line-up of outstanding dance companies from across the world and the UK taking over Billingham for 8 days, those being:-

  • Columbia – Jaropa Danzat Dance Company
  • Chile – Ballet Folklorico “Tupa Marka”
  • Chinese Taipaei – Taiwan Youth Dance Company
  • Egypt – Art Appreciation Folk Dance Troupe
  • Guinea-Bassau – Grupo Cultural Netos de Bandim
  • Hungary – ‘Csillagszemuek’ Dance Company
  • New Zealand – Te Rerenga o Te Ra Kapa Haka Dance Company
  • Philippines – SanLe Yew Dance Company
  • South Africa – Phinda-Mzala Entertainment Project
  • Tahiti – Tamarii Tahina Dance Compan


  • Balbir Singh Dance Company
  • Bellamy Dnce Company
  • Tapshoes and Tutus
  • Respect Theatre

Contemporary Dance

  • Dawn’ Kyrie Oda & Love Hellgren from Japan and Sweden
  • ‘Kill you Darlings’ Joshua Morten Dance Company


Egypt – Art Appreciation Dance Group



A whirling dervish in light spectacular


Egyptian ensemble


New Zealand – Te Rerenga O Te Ra Kapa Haka Dance Company


Hungary – ‘Csillagszemuek’ Dance Company


Taiwan – Youth Dance Company


Tahiti – Headdress Tamarii Tahina Dance Company



Tahiti – Tamarii Tahina Dance Company

On behalf of all Councillors, officers and residents of the Borough of Stockton on Tees, it was our privilege to offer our hand of friendship to our visitors and we hope that they gained as much enjoyment from there time here as those who have had the pleasure of their performances.


Saturday 12 August 2017

Attended the Opening of Stockton by the Sea, at the High Street, Stockton


Opening - Stockton by the Sea or Playa del Inglese Stockton as it’s now commonly known

It was a fantastic day out by the seaside of Stockton to officially open the beach to the public and especially the children. The idea is to revitalise the town centre, increase footfall and bring new businesses in so the town will thrive.  We met up with Janice Auton Chair of the Project and Karen Hindhaugh the BID Manager to say a few words and cut the ribbon.

I thanked the public for coming down to the official opening of Stockton by the Sea. It really looked amazing, who would have thought it, a beach in the middle of the High Street.


A bit of advice on sand castle making.

There was a whole host of activities taking place at the beach, not just today but every weekend from now until 31 August, I asked the beachcombers to tell their family and friends to come down to enjoy themselves. Hopefully the sun will stay out, and don’t forget your bucket, spade and sun cream, but watch out for the seagulls.

When I asked the beachcombers what they thought about the beach idea, there reply was very positive like why can’t we have this here all the time, or you can’t get a cheaper holiday than this for three weeks anywhere else. There was a steel band providing entertainment throughout the day, along with a magic show and some workshops later on. It looked like it was going to be a great afternoon. Throughout the weeks there would be continued entertainment provided to amuse the children and food was on standby, served up by Hope and Union. 


Caribbean – Steel Band


We really enjoyed ourselves.

Our thanks go to the Stockton BID team for all their hard work in making Stockton by the Sea happen, and for their continued work in revitalising the town centre, bringing more people and businesses into Stockton.


Attended the Opening Ceremony of the Billingham International Folklore Festival at the Festival Arena, Billingham Town Centre


Taiwan – Youth Dance Company on Parade


John Maloney Festival Director with an ensemble of dance troupes


Tahiti – Tamarii Tahina band


Ghana – Nkrabea Dance Ensemble, band and dancers


Taiwan – Presentation and parade


Hungary – Sillagszemuek Dance Ensemble on parade

undefined Chile – Ballet Folklorico Tupa Marka.

We attended the opening Ceremony and Concert at the Arena in Billingham Town Centre, with all entertainers in full costume parading through the town centre to the arena area. A magnificent sight, with all the pomp, colour and tunes by accompanying bands, the crowds were in awe of the whole carnival atmosphere with the magnificent splendour of the occasion.

Unfortunately the concert had to be postponed due to impending thunder storms but was later continued during the evening and a spectacular performance was given by the many dance groups. What a fantastic evening had by all.

The Billingham World Explorer projects funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund has seen children from Billingham and Stockton schools working tirelessly to create an artwork dedicated to Captain Cook and celebrating 250 years since the discovery of Tahiti by Captain Wallis. The artwork is being displayed all around Billingham in Shop windows and also in the Forum. Well done to all the children who participated in the project.