Shildon Remembrance Day 2016

I think this will probably be my proudest day as mayor of Shildon.  So many people turned out to honour those who died serving our country, or were injured both physically or mentally, as well as those who are serving today.  It was a great honour that Olga was there to lead the laying of the wreaths and to have John with us together with our friends from the recently revived British Legion branch in Shildon.  It was wonderful to see so many children there from the rainbows, brownies and scouts.  My thanks go to everyone involved including the representatives of our local churches and the bugler from the Salvation Army.

 

Tesco to the Rescue

How fantastic are the Tesco store manager and staff?  Shildon Alive said they were getting short of food in the food bank – and straight away they offered to hold a food collection in the store at Tindale.  They did all the organisation and most of the work – and in a day they collected all the items you can see and more!  Over 360 altogether.  And they delivered it all to us this afternoon.  Now all we have to do if the same thing happens again is tell them and they’ll do their best to help.  It really makes you feel that there are people – and companies – out there who really care.

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Tea in Hackworth Park And The Flying Scotsman

As part of an amazing day yesterday, a group of mayors and their consorts and other invited guests, including Lord and Lady Derek Foster  and MP Helen Goodman, attended a civic event – ‘Tea in the Park’ – at Hackworth Park in Shildon.  We had tea in the Rest House provided by a wonderful local firm, and listened to the Durham Constabulary Brass Band performing in the band stand in the park, which looked at its stunning best.  Afterwards we all decamped to Locomotion for individual explorations of the site and visits to the Flying Scotsman.  I might have known though – Anthony Coulls and Locomotion manager Gary Campbell ambushed us and gave us the guided tour and access to the Flying Scotsman in all her glory.  I cannot thank everyone at both the Town Council and Locomotion for helping me to show Shildon off at her very best and  making this such a wonderful day for everyone.

The Flying Scotsman is Back

The world’s most famous train is back in Shildon and she has brought her friends.  There is something for everyone of all ages – but please remember that there is no parking on site except for blue badge holders and people who book and pay in advance.  Please don’t forget you can get a free bus from the Timothy Hackworth (far) end of the Locomotion site and visit the town to join the celebrations there which are taking place from 10.00 – 4.00 today.  There’s a brass band in Hackworth Park (2.00 – 4.00) and events in the Town Square, the library, Shildon AFC and St John’s Church.

Thornhill Primary School

Henry Nicholson is a governor at Thornhill as well as my fellow county and town councillor in Shildon.  We visited the school as we were able to use some of our funding as county councillors to support the annual Thornhill visit to Patterdale in the Lake District.  The pupils clearly had a tremendous and valuable experience participating in amongst other activities, kayaking, climbing, abseiling and gorge walking.  They told us that they enjoyed everything, but the gorge walking was the best!  As a former teacher and Gold Duke of Edinburgh leader, I know just how valuable outdoor education is for building confidence, self-esteem and resilience.  Incidentally, pupils at the school made the banner themselves.  Isn’t it beautiful!

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