Dorman Long (now known as Corus) was a major steel making company based in Teesside in the North East of England. The plant in it’s heyday stretched from Redcar to Middlesbrough with the main train network of the area going straight through the plant. Usually as you passed by on the train you could see the melted steel being taken from the furnaces and loaded onto trucks to go to the moulding sheds where my dad worked. Dorman Long’s most famous construction was the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which was built in 1932 from steel shipped over to Australia from Teesside. They also built the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle and Lambeth Bridge in London.
In Mid July there is a Asian arts and culture festival with many smaller events and a large concert in Albert Park. There are several stages set up with a variety of music and dancing exhibits. There is also ‘Bhangra Night’ a festival of sports which centres on the visual arts.
Winters tend to be long and tough while Spring comes late and only lasts a short while. Summer temperatures are generally cool to mild. On the plus side, the annual rainfall is amongst the lowest in the country which is thanks largely to the county sitting in the lee ('rain shadow') of the Pennine uplands.
Strongbow and Black! You can find it all over, but it was in Redcar that I was introduced to it. I love hard ciders, but Strongbow on its own wasn't very good. Add a dash of black courant and wham! You've got yourself a mighty fine drink. Sweet enough for breakfast but I wouldn't recommend that, this stuff packs a punch and it quickly creeps up on you.
It's even pretty to look it, with that ruby hue. I wish I could drink the picture! Mmmm... ;)
Steve and I found out some time ago that his neighbour - Middlesbrough - is twinned to my neighbour - Oberhausen. Of course I had to take a picture of the sign!
Pubs in England are permitted to sell alcohol from 1100-2300 on weekdays. On Sundays, they are not allowed to start selling alcohol until 1200.
You need a good sense of humour because Middlesbrough people do like a laugh.......sometimes at your expense.....can take the mickey...!!!!
Middlesbrough is twinned with Oberhausen in Germany. The towns are similar, based on heavy industry; Oberhausen does have this lovely shopping mall though...
Middlesbrough is assiciated with Captain James Cook, the famous explorer from the 1700's. A replica of his ship 'The Endeavour' hangs inside the Cleveland shopping centre.