Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sun Shines on a Weekend of Fun

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sun Shines on a Weekend of Fun

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Byline: SOPHIE BARLEY sophie.barley@eveninggazette.co.uk

THE sun was shining for a weekend of fun on Teesside as thousands of people enjoyed a host of events.

Middlesbrough's spectacular multicultural Mela festival was once again a roaring success with an action-packed programme of activities and events available.

Organisers say more than 10,000 people attended on Saturday and about 30,000 yesterday. The event, supported by Middlesbrough Council in association with Middlesbrough College, provided a mix of music, food, fashion and fun in an celebration of Middlesbrough's culture and diversity.

Sunday was the festival's sports day - with a range of sporting activities available for people of all ages. Then yesterday saw a line up of international music acts joining host Bobby Friction on the main stage.

Noddy Asif, 26, from South Bank, Middlesbrough took his 17-month-old son Khalil to the event. He said: "It's a great event for the kids - there is so much for them to do. I come every year. Khalil seems to have enjoyed playing cricket the most." Naveed Hussain, chairman of the Mela Committee, said: "We have been really pleased with the weather and has been great to see so many people here enjoying themselves. It is an open event for all ages and all cultures."

The Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Kathryn Nelson, held the annual mayor's parade and Sunday Service yesterday.

The parade, led by the Salvation Army Band, travelled from Wellington Square Shopping Centre in Dovecot Street to Stockton Parish Church. The church service was then held when the mayor took the Act of Dedication to the people of the borough.

Stockton South MP, James Wharton said: "Mayor's Sunday is an important part of the civic calendar and an opportunity for the new Mayor to introduce their charity - this time Kath has chosen the Great North Air Ambulance and I am delighted to support it and wish her well for the year ahead.Over in Saltburn, families flocked to the seafront for the Royal British Legion's annual family fun day.

The Guisborough and East Cleveland Sea Cadets were out in force for the event as well as more than 50 Royal British Legion bikers.

A one-minute's silence was held in respect to Drummer Lee Rigby who was killed last month. …

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