Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Week Commencing 2 May 2016

6 may 2016 the rifles sounding of the retreat at durham cathedral

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4 May 2016

Attended the event King Hussain Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue, hosted by Durham University with the guest speaker Professor the Hon Gareth Evans.AC QC FASSA FAIIA.

Professor Evans has a long history of Political and Cultural experience, and was an active member of the Australian Parliament, written 12 books and received numerous awards.

In his lecture Professor Evans gave us his experiences which navigated the cultural divide, in particular his experience as Australian Foreign minister in dealing with The Cambodian peace process and dealing with the notorious Khmer Rouge. Also his summery of conflict related analysis involving lower and High contexts.

An enjoyable and informative evening giving an insight into higher political and cultural dealings.


6 May 2016

Attended The Rifles Sounding of the Retreat at Durham Cathedral. What a great sight to see this band march in double time whilst playing their instruments, doing marching manoeuvres that looked thwarted as they crossed, segregated, doubled back on each other without even colliding.

A great tribute to their training and ability.

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7 May 2016.


What a day it will remain with me for quite a time, what a game! What emotionsMost of all What a result! I felt drained after the match with the emotions that stirred within, with a result that surely warmed the hearts of all who support Middlesbrough and the ultimate recognition it will bring to the area and all that have worked so hard at the club. I have always had full admiration for Steve Gibson and his unwavering dedication to the area and its people  UTB.

Attended Black tie and Tiara ball at Harrogate, (minus the scarf unfortunately). It was a good event where I met people from the Yorkshire area including farmers and a retired apache helicopter pilot.



8 May 2016

Attended Friends of Ropner Park Spring Fair within the grounds of Ropner Park. It was good to see that the sun had brought out the crowds in their hundreds. There was a great variety of stall from charity/Craft/ Food (Different cultures)/Children’s entertainment/Raffles etc. We were also treated to different styles of music; it was plain to see there was a lot of thought gone into trying to please people different tastes and needs.


A well done to the organisers who are all volunteers.


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