Look for a Book encourages children and families to explore their local area together, while emphasising the importance of reading for enjoyment. Middlesbrough Reads and Teesside Look for a Book have distributed over 500 reading packs, which include a brand new book and reading tips for parents, around Middlesbrough.
Structural works to repair Middlesbrough's oldest pub have now been completed. The Grade II* Listed Captain Cook - "over the border" near the Transporter Bridge - has been undergoing repair works to secure the exterior, though it remains fenced off as a building site.
A scheme is being launched to help Middlesbrough's growing number of community-minded litter pickers. As part of a wide range of green initiatives currently being pursued in the town, Middlesbrough Council's Executive is putting forward proposals to provide equipment and support for voluntary initiatives.
Middlesbrough's Captain Cook Birthplace Museum is seeking empty plastic bottles to form part of a striking new exhibition later this year. The bottles will be part of Bottled Ocean, a temporary exhibition by France-based Maori artist George Nuku.
A newly formed Middlesbrough Mela Committee has been set up recently and is quick to start planning next year's event. No sooner has this year's Mela season come to an end, than the team are looking forward to next year's event being bigger and better than ever before.
The annual pantomime extravaganza is back at Middlesbrough Theatre, and the stars of the stage are abuzz with excitement to be back doing what they love best. Audiences will be delighted to see the return of Middlesbrough madcap favourites, Philip Green as Peter Pan and Terry Ashe as Captain Cecco.