Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Week Commencing 13 February 2017

Monday 13 February 2017

Attended Drake the Bookshop, Silver Street, Stockton where the Lord Lieutenant of Durham Sue Snowden did readings for a group of children. What an entertaining session, the Lord Lieutenant even had me enthralled with her renditions from the readings. This is just another example where an enterprise gets involved in the community. Well done to Drake for putting on such an event.


Tuesday 14 February 2017

Attended Strictly Valentine 1940s Vintage Tea Dance that was held in the large marquee in the High Street, Stockton. This event is the first put on by the Stockton BID team and it was sold out a week after being advertised, the Paul James Band played whilst there was a special guest appearance of Giovanni Pernice from the Strictly Come Dancing programme. Giovanni gave a fantastic display of dancing skills which eclipsed my dad dancing. I took along with me Michelle who assists me in my weekly duties as she is an avid fan of the programme especially Giovanni, I think it was safe to say she was awestruck and still hasn’t come down from cloud 9! This is the first of fantastic events planned by the BID team so keep a look out for the future programme so as not to be disappointed.


Wednesday 15 February 2017


Attended the Town hall where I hosted the monthly citizenship Ceremony. Again it was great to see such a mix of people from all over the world settling in our community and taking an oath of allegiance to the Queen and country.



Attended the Mayor of Northumberland Charity Bowling night at Concordia Leisure Centre, Cramlington. All the dignitaries took on each other, I was doing well until I pulled a muscle in my arm (that’s my excuse). It was an excellent night with monies raised for charity.


Thursday 16 February 2017

Attended Croxdale Hall, Durham, where we were entertained by the High Sherriff of Durham, Gerard Salvin. We, along with other dignitaries, were treated to an excellent dinner and good company. I’d like to thank the High Sherriff for his hospitality.


Friday 17 February 2017

Attended the Chairman of North Yorkshire County Councils Charity Dinner at Sanburn Hall, York. It was hosted by Val Arnold the chair and her consort. We had a lovely evening with excellent hospitality. All monies raised went to charity; I can’t thank Val enough for the attention to detail for the whole event which was first class.


Saturday 18 February 2017

Attended the Mayor of Shildons Charity Valentine Ball at Shildon Civic Hall. The event was hosted by Mayor Trish Pemberton, it included a meal and music by Romantic Swing all funds raised was in support of NSPCC. I would like to thank Trish for a great evening and her hospitality.