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...
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...
The most successful manager in Middlesbrough Football Club’s history, Steve McClaren left Boro for the England job in 2006. He’s since worked in Holland and Germany, as well as Nottingham, Newcastle and Derby, but he and his family have...

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...
Strictly Teesside Acklam Hall’s grandeur is a far cry from Mark Benton’s Grangetown upbringing but the actor is relaxed enough to look quite at home as he lounges in the luxury of one of the magnificent hall’s meetings rooms. But, as...
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,...
It’s hard to know where to start when attempting to define the multi-medal winning Paralympian, House of Lords cross-bench peer, motivational speaker and broadcaster whose full title is Baroness Grey-Thompson, of Eaglescliffe in the County of Durham. But to...
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...
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...

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