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...
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...
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...

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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...

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...
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...

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