Friday, October 22, 2021
One of the Tees region’s most well-known businessmen, Raj Singh’s business interests include a number of residential care homes, a construction company and investment properties across the UK. Having started out in business as a teenager with an off-license...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

Drawing on his past

Renowned artist and straight-talking Teessider Mackenzie Thorpe talks for the first time about his battle with cancer… Mackenzie Thorpe knows he is a lucky man. He counts himself as fortunate to have been born and raised in Middlesbrough. He says...

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...
It caused a ‘political earthquake’ when Conservative candidate Ben Houchen was voted Tees Valley’s first Mayor by residents of Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar and Cleveland, Hartlepool and Darlington in May. Amid the dramatic backdrop of HMS Trincomalee at Hartlepool Marina,...

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