Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Alistair's Return Rocks the Town

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Alistair's Return Rocks the Town

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May kicked off with sunshine and music as thousands descended on Middlesbrough for 11 hours of non-stop music.

Middlesbrough Music Live saw performances by more than 50 live acts.

And receiving the best reception of the day was North Yorkshire singer-songwriter Alistair Griffin. The performance was his first live gig in front of a Teesside crowd since his appearance on TV talent hunt, Fame Academy.

Other May highlights included:

May 5: Unrivalled coverage of the work of animal welfare charity RSPCA won the Gazette a top national award. It fought off competition from every other newspaper in the country to land the RSPCA's Regional Awards for Print Media.

May 6: A Teesside mum who suffered from breast cancer and has an autistic son to bring up, won a national award for learning. Allison Munro from Redcar was one of five Teessiders named as winners by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Learning, made in Adult Learners' Week.

May 8: Residents and school children collected 90 bags of litter during a huge clear up in North Ormesby.

May 12: Teesside call centre worker Mark Willett was crowned Britain's best for the second year running. The 28-year-old support manager for the OC5 contact centre on Wilton site won the UK Support Manager of the Year Award.

And 77-year-old Walter Crossman was named Middlesbrough's Citizen of the Year in recognition of his year of dedication to improving life in his community of Berwick Hills.

May 14: A spicy Teesside onion bahji sandwich was named Britain's best new sandwich. Created by Middlesbrough-based Brambles Foods, the delicacy took the honours at the British Sandwich Association's annual 'Sammy' Awards.

May 17: The Evening Gazette swept the board at an awards ceremony to recognise North-east journalism. It was named North East Newspaper of the Year at the 23rd Tom Cordner Transco North East Press Awards - as well as taking a further five trophies.

May 19: As part of Foster Care Fortnight we met Pat Bailey from Coulby Newham who has been a 'supermum' to scores of youngsters over the past 20 years.

May 22: Heart surgery survivor Henry Woodier toiled for two days after hearing youngsters at a Middlesbrough nursery were unable to play in the sunshine. …

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