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The regeneration game.

Tees Pride lifted the lid on visionary regeneration plans for Middlesbrough's Middlehaven site in July.

In a special "Flagship Projects" supplement we exclusively unveiled Tees Valley Regeneration's pounds 500m masterplan for the site.

The ground-breaking scheme, which featured a hotel modeled on kids' game Kerplunk and a toaster shaped theatre - aims to create more than 3,000 jobs.

Major regeneration projects across the rest of the Tees Valley were also featured in this special publication.

Other highlights from the month included:

July 7: Teesside training company TTE began the task of training more than 1,000 technicians in the Caspian Sea following the opening of a multi-million-pound technical training centre.

July 8: Almost 100 jobs were created with the expansion of two companies. MFI, which was forced to lay off workers earlier in the year, announced plans to recruit 60 temporary staff due to growth at its Stockton Hygena factory. And Wolseley UK created 30 jobs with the opening of a 47,000sq ft Middlesbrough outlet supplying building materials and heating and plumbing products to industry.

July 10: A carnival atmosphere was created in South Bank to celebrate the estate's 150th birthday. South Bank Tomorrow organised the day-long event, featuring a parade of floats and entertainment.

July 13: New development plans were announced that will see Durham Tees Valley Airport's terminal more than double in size, together with the creation of a new cargo and maintenance "village" and airport business park. Airport bosses said the plans were a "massive step forward, not only for the airport but for the regeneration prospects of the whole area".

July 14: Olympic legend Tessa Sanderson arrived on Teesside and launched the Tees Valley Celebration of Learning Awards which search for the area's top young achievers.

July 28: Teesside engineer Brian Lewis, an electrical project engineer from Corus Northern Engineering Services, was honoured for helping turn local kids into bright sparks. He was given the North East Science and Engineering Ambassador of the Year Award.

And a vital rural Teesside community building was reborn after a determined pounds 150,000 refurbishment campaign by local people. Liverton Village Hall re-opened after the sterling efforts of villagers.

REGENERATION projects forging ahead in Darlington were the focus of a special supplement in August.

We took a closer look at schemes including the new Darlington College of Technology at Haughton Road, major business park developments at Morton Palms and Lingfield Point and what the future holds for the town's football club.

Other August highlights included:

August 1: A dazzling firework display rounded off Stockton's successful 17th International Riverside Festival.

August 11: Almost pounds 300,000 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund was split between Middlesbrough's Advocacy and Information Foundation, Age Concern Darlington and the Darlington and District Hospice Movement.

August 12: A special feature looked at the future of the Daisy Chain charity. Lesley Hanson's vision was for a centre for autistic children on Teesside. Her tragic early death sparked a spirit of survival in her family and work continues to make the dream a reality.

August 18: It emerged almost 80pc of the Samsung workforce made redundant in April had found new jobs or were in training for new ones

August 21: A group of Teesside students returned triumphant from a successful stint on the Edinburgh Fringe. The Middlesbrough College students received rave reviews for their performance of Smoke!

August 23: It was announced Wynyard Golf Club will host one of Europe's biggest tournaments in a major coup for the region. The cream of Europe's golfers will take part in the Seve Trophy at the parkland course next year. The event could generate pounds 10m for the local economy and create up to 100 jobs.

August 26: Hard work paid off for students across Teesside as GCSE results hit a record high. The news came a week after Teesside teenagers celebrated A-level results rising for the 22nd year running.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Dec 23, 2004
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