The number of mourners able to attend cremation services in Middlesbrough is to increase. Under Government guidance, since March the number of mourners permitted to attend services at Teesside Crematorium has been limited to eight. That number will rise to 15 with effect from today (Friday, May 22).
Getting children back to school safely is Middlesbrough's number one priority, the town's Mayor pledged today. But Andy Preston stressed schools would only reopen when all possible measures are in place to ensure the safety and well-being of pupils, staff and the wider community.
Every child in care in Middlesbrough is to receive a special gift to help them on their journey. Luggage specialists Madlug (Make a Difference Luggage) are donating 500 bags that the young people will be able to take with them wherever they go.
Families in Middlesbrough can continue to gain free access to vital ‘Healthy Start' vitamin supplements over the lockdown period. Not only does the scheme support much-needed access to vitamins that promote healthy growth and development, they also help counteract some of the potential problems that limited sunlight exposure and access to healthy foods may be having on families as a result of lockdown.
Middlesbrough Libraries are challenging people to read six books by June, 14 2020 from the collection via the BorrowBox app to be automatically entered into a draw a prize draw to win a Reading Hamper. Although the town's libraries remain closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak, BorrowBox - the digital library service - is still offering free eBooks and eAudiobooks.
A virtual Local History Month has now been launched with a full programme of online activities to enjoy during lockdown. Among the events to look forward to are virtual tours of places such as the William Lane Foundry - the oldest in Middlesbrough - virtual talks on the history of the railways and the area's contribution to the Spanish Civil War.
A Middlesbrough business built on an ethos of supporting fellow local independent traders has got behind the Buy Boro campaign. Bentley's is one of more than 1,700 companies in Middlesbrough to receive a financial support package from Middlesbrough Council.