Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Councils Throw Weight Behind Our Campaign

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Councils Throw Weight Behind Our Campaign

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TALK Up campaign is being supported right across Tees Valley and our five local authorities have put their weight behind the campaign.

Today we ask each of our local leaders to Talk Up their area.

George Dunning, leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council "Talk Up is a first class campaign. Just as we are starting to come out of recession the Evening Gazette is looking to be really positive about the Tees Valley region. "There's so much to Talk Up in the Redcar and Cleveland area. "Our industrial landscape, the Eston Hills and beautiful Ormesby Hall, our coastal location and great landmark -Gisborough Priory.

"Regeneration is also set to change the face of our area -with projects such as the Greater Eston regeneration scheme and plans for the seafront at Redcar."

Redcar currently faces the prospect of filling the huge void left by Teesside Cast Products if the steel making operation is mothballed at the end of next month.

"We keep on fighting to keep making steel. "But we must also diversify into other areas such as low carbon and renewable industries for our long-term future."

Dave Budd, Middlesbrough deputy mayor "Middlesbrough's a great town at the heart of a great city region buzzing with energy and vitality. Our history and heritage put us at the heart of the industrial revolution -this Infant Hercules really was the engine room of the world and the evidence of that influence is still all around us.

"But this town doesn't stand still, resting on its laurels -far from it. We're also surrounded by the evidence of a town on the move, embracing the 21st century and ensuring the future is a prosperous one.

"There''s an embarrassment of riches to Talk Up in Middlesbrough -it's a vibrant, modern, forward-thinking town with fantastic green spaces, award-winning architecture and a bustling shopping centre.

"And, of course, there are the people, who for generations have made the town what it is, and continue to give it its unique character." Ken Lupton, leader of Stockton Council "We are supporting the Gazette's campaign to Talk Up the Tees Valley because our region has so much to offer in terms of natural beauty, striking industrial and historical architecture, events, entertainment and a diverse choice of residential accommodation with exciting employment, leisure and educational opportunities. "Teessiders are passionate about their home but this campaign reminds us to make the most of what is on our doorstep.

"In Stockton borough we have lots to Talk Up -Stockton, Yarm and Norton's historic High Streets, Thornaby's new town centre, a sub-regional shopping centre in Teesside Park, Preston Hall Museum and our award-winning parks and greenspaces. What's more, we have fantastic year-round events showcasing the borough's talents, such as Stockton's International Riverside Festival (SIRF), Take to the Tees and Stockton Sparkles. …

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