Thursday, January 23, 2020
Joe Hammill is frontman of popular Tees band Cattle & Cane, where he plays alongside siblings Helen and Fran, while he is also enjoying an increasingly successful career as a songwriter. Now Cattle and Cane are set to be joined on stage...
From Middlesbrough to Miami via Madrid, Kay Murray recounts the story of a fairytale rise that’s the match of any Hollywood-style football fantasy… As life-changing moments go, it was an inauspicious start. Back in 2003, Kay Murray was an out-of-work...

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...
Middlesbrough-born businessman Andy Preston is the founder and driving force behind local charities, Teesside Philanthropic Foundation and CEO Sleepout. Through the latter, he also launched The Fork in the Road charity restaurant on Linthorpe Road. Teesside Life The restaurants I love to...
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...

Flying for Finlay

How Colin and Julie Cooper have turned their darkest hour into a children’s charity that’s become an incredible force for good Colin and Julie Cooper’s world is filled with dragonflies. The first thing visitors to their Harrogate home notice is...
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...
WORDS: MICHAEL MCGEARY PICTURES: MARTIN WALKER She’s dined with the Queen, interviewed some of the biggest names in show business and counts Ant and Dec among her friends, but Pam Royle remains very much a North Yorkshire girl at heart. For 35...
Tees gold medallist swimmer Aimee Willmott talks to Tees Life co-editor Martin Walker… Gold Coast swimming heroine Aimee Willmott reckons a 50-metre pool for Teesside could help unearth future stars of the sport. The 25-year-old, who won gold at the Commonwealth...
Nunthorpe-born Kirsten O’Brien has never been far away from the airwaves, with her TV and radio work constantly busy. We caught up with Kirsten at the beautiful Grade I-listed Acklam Hall in Middlesbrough, close to where she grew up... INTERVIEW...

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