Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

September 2018

September was a very busy month where I attended lots of different engagements. These included the monthly Citizenship Ceremony welcoming new people to borough, visiting Mill Lane Primary School, welcoming Fine Industries delegates from China to our Borough, attending Stockton Soup, unveiling a plaque where the first ever passenger train ticket was sold, and attending a dinner to celebrate the 193rd anniversary of Stockton and Darlington Railway. One of the most moving engagements was hosting a group of ex-service personnel at the Danger Tree Exhibition. I had the privilege of being at the opening of the exhibition, so it was great to share the experience with those who have served in the Armed Forces. The exhibition has been extended and will be open until November, so if you have not been yet, I urge you to go.

At the beginning of September I started the Simply Health Great Tees 10lk races. This is the first year the Simply Health Great Run has been held in our Borough and it is a fantastic addition to our programme of events. I had a team that ran for my charities, so would like to say a big Thank You to them!

On the 9 September I had the privilege of unveiling a plaque in Stockton High Street which commemorates The Battle of Stockton. The “battle”, which took place on 10 September 1933, was when the people of Stockton stopped a rally of Mosley’s fascist Blackshirts. The plaque is positioned in the paving near the Market Cross, if you wish to take a look.

In September I held a Charity Music Night at Preston Park Museum and Hall. Around 90 people attended to support my charities, the Mary Thompson Fund and the local Royal British Legion, including civics from across the North East, staff, fellow councillors, and family and friends. Entertainment was provided by a superb local a cappella group as well as The Andy Johnson Band. It was a great night, everyone enjoyed themselves, and it raised lots of money for charity!

I welcomed a group of new students, who will be studying at Durham University’s International Study Centre, to the Town Hall on the 18 September. The students come from all over the world to study at Queen’s Campus and this is a massive boost to the local economy.

During our Full Council meeting I presented the three Armed Forces who have Freedom of the Borough, The Rifles, REME and The Yorkshire Regiment, a cheque for their charities. The money was raised by a sponsored Duck Race held during our Armed Forces Week in June, where lots of plastic ducks were thrown into the river at the White Water Course. The race raised £1200 which was shared equally between the Forces and I’m sure the money will be put to good use. I also presented the Animal Welfare Service with the RSPCA Community Animal Welfare Footprint certificate, which they have received for their policies and procedures with regards to stray dogs. Congratulations to them for their great work!

 

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