INTERVIEW BY: MICHAEL MCGEARY PICTURES: CHRIS BOOTH He might prefer fine dining to parmos these days, but Boro legend Tony Mowbray remains a proud Teesside lad at heart. Six years after his time as Middlesbrough manager came to an end, his family...
As head judge on Strictly Come Dancing, Shirley Ballas is the epitome of glamour. Yet the TV icon - who is appearing in panto at Darlington’s Hippodrome - is far from a diva. She’s open, honest and more than...

Soul Man – Paul Smith

As Teesside success stories go, they don’t get much better than Paul Smith’s. Lead singer of much-lauded band Maximo Park, the Billingham-born musician has stayed true to his northern roots... WORDS: JULIE BURNISTON PICTURES: CHRIS BOOTH For those who don’t know him...
INTERVIEW BY: MICHAEL MCGEARY PICTURES: CHRIS BOOTH Alistair Griffin, from Castleton, North Yorkshire, sprang to prominence after taking part in the BBC show Fame Academy in 2003. He has since achieved top 20 single success, has written for other artists and for...
INTERVIEW BY DAVE ALLAN PICTURES BY DOUG MOODY Stand-up comedian Patrick Monahan is an Irish Iranian-come-Teessider, now living in London. Born in Ahvaz in Iran, his family moved to Redcar when he was just three. After a brief stay in Guisborough,...

Artisan of Art

We talk to the Boro legend’s daughter achieving goals of her own... WORDS: JOANNE BARRETT PICTURES: CHRIS BOOTH By her own admission Lucy Pittaway is a wear-your-heart-on-your-sleeve kind of a person. And there’s no doubt about it, that maxim absolutely shines through in...
INTERVIEW BY LOU MURRAY PICTURES BY DOUG MOODY A bestselling author who grew up in Eaglescliffe, Adele Parks has 18 published books to her name, with sales of more than 3.5 million. She describes her style as racy rom-com. Her latest...
WORDS: MICHAEL MCGEARY PICTURES: CHRIS BOOTH She’s lit up Bollywood and now has her sights set on conquering Hollywood, but self-proclaimed “northern lass” Preeti Desai loves nothing more than coming back home for a hike up Roseberry Topping and to snack...
INTERVIEW BY CARRIE COSGROVE PICTURES BY DOUG MOODY After finding fame as Jet on TV’s Gladiators, hosting the mid-morning show on BBC Tees and becoming a qualified psychotherapist, Diane Youdale has come a long way from gymnastics classes at the Billingham...

Psycho-therapy

Teesside fashionista Steve Cochrane takes to the couch to reveal his innermost thoughts about his thriving business… WORDS: ADAM STEEL PICTURES: CHRIS BOOTH Steve Cochrane is in triumphant mood as we sit down in the boardroom of his flagship Middlesbrough premium fashion...

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