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November 2018

Remembrance Sunday

Sunday, 11 November marked the 100 anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, ending the First World War. People turned out in force to pay their respects to the fallen at the cenotaph in Stockton High Street where a parade and Remembrance service took place.

I felt very honoured to be part of this significant occasion and to lay a wreath on behalf of all the citizens of Stockton Borough and the Council.

In the run up to the day itself there were many other events commemorating the fallen from Stockton Borough.

I attended a screening of a special films by the student of Stockton Sixth Form college documenting their research of individual soldiers from World War 1. I also attended special event held at Rosebrook Primary, Hartburn Primary, and Norton Primary schools. it was great to see the young people so engaged with the events around the ending of the war.

I helped to launch the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in Stockton High Street. This was a good event despite the rain! I also accompanied friends from the Legion and young soldiers while they sold poppies around the Council buildings.

On the Friday before Remembrance Sunday, I attended a special service in the Garden of Remembrance outside the Parish Church. There were many primary school represented and a magnificent display of hand knitted poppies around the railings. This occasion was organised by the Durham Light Infantry.

In the evening I attended St Paul's Church in Newtown for a Service of Remembrance and a performance by Bella Canta. This was followed by a war time tea which I thoroughly enjoyed.

I visited the 1245 Sunflower Project at Trinity Church and saw the installations commemorating individual soldiers. I was honored to be asked to read 50 names of young men from Stockton who lost their lives on the Western Front.


November Engagements

I had a busy few weeks attending different events across the Borough in November, as well as a few representing Stockton-on-Tees outside of the Borough. On 12 November I went Prior’s Mill Primary School to talk about my role as part of their National Parliament Week events, and in the same week, on 15 November, I visited Rosebrook Primary School to see the amazing display of poppies they had created for Remembrance. On the 23 November I welcomed a group of Young People who were taking part in the Children Commissioners Take-Over Challenge Day to the Town Hall. The Young people had a packed programme seeing the different services that the Council carry out, so it was only a quick visit to the Town Hall. I then went over to Teesside High School for their Annual Speech Day, where the achievements of the pupils were celebrated. I am always very impressed to hear about the talents of the young people in our Borough.

The first of the Christmas events I have attended took place on 24 November with the Boundary 500 Santa Run, where I joined Mayor’s from neighbouring Council on a bus following hundreds of Santa’s on motorbikes driving through all the Town Centres all in aid of raising money for Zoe’s Place. On the evening I attended the Thornaby Bowls Club’s presentation evening to present the Mayor’s Cup after their day of competition. Thornaby Bowls Club is a successful and thriving club which is all down to volunteers that run the club, and is another example of the fantastic community spirit we have in the Borough.

On the 28 November I visited the Young at Heart and Hand in Hand Activities group who were holding a World War One themed Afternoon Tea. This is a great community group providing activities and support for older people in our community and it was great to meet everyone.

On 29 November I took part in the switching on of the lights in Stockton High Street, launching Stockton Sparkles. Despite the weather the town was packed! There are lots of events happening in Stockton High Street in the run up to Christmas so please do come down. More details can be found on the events website:

I visited Wolviston Primary on 30 November to have lunch on a special table with children who had excelled that week. I told them all about my role and the highlights of my year as Mayor so far. Then on 1 December I launched the Love Norton Advent Trail at Norton Library. This is the second year the event has been held, and each day in December a coloured window designed by children from Norton are unveiled in shops in Norton High Street. Members of the public are invited to solve a clue in each of the participating shop and at the end of the event solve an anagram from the clues to win a prize. It’s not too late to take part! I then represented the Borough at 50 Signals Squadron Reservists Dinner.