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Week Commencing 13 March 2017

Monday 13 March 2017

I attended Roseworth Library, to present a prize to the winner of Stockton Reading Challenge. I presented the prize of an iPad to the winner Daisy Johnson aged just 9 years old, Daisy is an avid reader and has read a cross section of books to win this prize. Well done Daisy and also to her parents for encouraging her in her endeavours.


Wednesday 15 March 2017


Attended Citizenship at the Town hall, Stockton, where I witnessed the swearing of allegiance to the Queen and Country by 11 people from all parts of the world. It is a privilege to welcome these new citizens into the Borough on behalf of Stockton Council and residents.


Attended the funeral of the Mayoress of Sedgefield who died suddenly last week after a short illness. Having met her she was a good ambassador for the Mayor and will be sorely missed.

Our condolences go out to her husband, family and friends.


Attended the Mayor of Darlington’s Charity race Night held at Middleton Hall Retirement Village, Middleton St George . This was a well-attended event in aid of the Mayors charities, and true to form I didn’t win on the horses nor on the raffle. However I would like to thank the Mayor and Mayoress Brian and Doris for their hospitality.


Thursday 15 March 2017


Attended Myton Park Primary School, Ingleby Barwick, where I visited the class rooms then attended the assembly where I was entertained with their morning song and explained about being Mayor, taking questions from the children. I then met the school council and we talked about the forthcoming filling of the Time Capsule, what they were putting in it that would represent themselves the school and the era we live in, which will be buried at the site of the yet to be constructed Leisure Centre. There were some excellent ideas including fingerprints and name of the children taking part. I would like to thank the staff and children for their hospitality.


Attended All Saints School where I spoke to the children about the New Leisure Centre and took questions, there is no doubt about it everyone including the teachers are excited at the prospect of this development. I then spoke to the steering group that had been specially selected to put ideas forward for items and memorabilia to go into the time capsule. Some great ideas which would represent the school, the children and the year’s top fashions, music, films practically everything that would show people in a hundred years’ time what life was like in 2017. Again I would like to thank the staff and children for their hospitality and enthusiasm.


Friday 17 March 2017

Attended the Worshipful Mayor of Durham, Edward Bell’s Civic Dinner. We had a splendid dinner and there was a raffle and tombola at the end in aid of the Mayors Charity. No need to guess no prize. I would like to thank the mayor Eddie for his hospitality and his staff for an excellent meal.


Saturday 18 March 2017


Attended the new shopping centre at Sandgate, Ingleby Barwick where a new development of an eclectic mix of shops and restaurant are being built. I met the architect Farim Farrooqui who was acting on behalf of the owners, this marked the fact that the shops were all but complete and that the different stores would open in their own way. This is a great addition to the ever growing town of Ingleby Barwick.



Attended the ARC, Stockton where we saw the Wild Cats of Kilkenny perform Leaping Leprechauns for children and adults. Mike McGrother leading the group made a great job of entertaining the people present with his own brand of humour and music. I take my hat off to him as he is always involved in some way in the music scene of Stockton, he also donated his fee for the night to my charities for which I would sincerely like to thank him. We spoke and posed for photographs with the children and adults and one gentleman gave me £10 to put into my charity, a fantastic gesture. We had a great night and would urge anyone who hasn’t seen the Wild Cats to do so.


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