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Christmas came early for Year 3 Graphic Design students Melissa Walling, Victor Dina, Ashley Beaumont, Mark Longworth and Year 2 students Hannah Leggett and Simon Buchanan, after receiving a selection box each from the lovely people at Huntcliff School in Saltburn. The chocolate treats were for their work in giving feedback on the editorial projects of the school’s GCSE Media students. Sweet!

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Middlesbrough’s Drunk Tank.


A ‘Drunk Tank’ could be opened in Middlesbrough to help revellers recover after drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.

Alcohol problems in Middlesbrough cost the police and criminal justice system a massive £18 million a year, and leave the NHS with a bill of £7.3 million a year. It is hoped that the proposed drunk tank will ease pressure on both health professionals and the police.

If given the go ahead, the drunk tank will be based on Albert Road and be open on Fridays and Saturdays, offering a safe place to sober up for people who are extremely over the limit. It will also be open during celebratory events such as Christmas, Bank Holidays, New Year and University fresher’s week.



The proposed location for the drunk tank on Albert Road


Prime Minister David Cameron has previously backed the idea of drunk tanks, which are common across Europe and America though has not discussed whether fees would be charged to people who use them.

Meanwhile students at Teesside University students had a mixed reaction to news of the proposed drunk tank.

Matthew Atkinson, who studies Broadcast Media, said: “I don’t like it at all. I know that there would be a high chance of me and my friends ending up in there and it would be embarrassing.”

Jessica Guy, who studies Food Nutrition, added: ” I like the idea of being around people just as drunk as me. Also, I wouldn’t have to worry if my friends ended up there as I know they’ll be totally safe.”

Photography student Megan Bennett, said: “It could be a good thing instead of using police cells. But what if people genuinely do need medical assistance? Would they let them go to hospital or have people on hand to help them?”


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Paths, Reeds and Voluntees

Volun-tees teamed up with Tees Valley Wildlife Trust to help give nature a little more nurture.

The team of volunteers worked on the restoration of a wildflower meadow at the wildlife trust’s Portrack Marsh reserve in Stockton, creating a new footpath to encourage more visitors to the area.

Entrance to the marsh

Entrance to the marsh

There are plans over the next year to turn the path into a nature trail to give schools and other visitors more information about the reserve.

The wildflower meadow used to be home to many rare flowers and rare butterflies such as the Dingy Skipper, but excessive flooding earlier this year has wiped much of that away, with reeds growing in their place.

Amy Carrick, 25, a TVWT project worker explained: “If we let the reeds continue to grow, it will change the soil composition underneath and completely destroy the flowers.”

Working hard?

Working hard

While the task of clearing reeds may sound similar to a little gardening work, when the Volun-tees team were presented with an assortment of sharp implements that could easily have been lifted from the set of a horror film, they realised this wasn’t quite the same as just trimming the hedges at home!

But the volunteers jumped right in and made easy work of it, despite the adverse weather conditions! By the end, a fun day was had by all and it was a job well done with a reed free marsh.


The newly created path

The newly created path

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2nd years attend Teacher Training session: Post from Perform@tees

Emma Bryan describes her experiences at this important local training event which

We met at Macmillan college in Stockton on Thursday 27th November. The session lasted two hours and was run by Dance Middlesbrough Schools Consortium, delivered by Dance Fusion. After a short introduction we launched straight into learning new choreography in the musical theatre, modern jazz and street dance styles. I thought that the classes where taught quickly, as this is a great way making students learn and pick up a sequence. I learnt a new style that I had never done before and found it fun! We got to meet people who are already out in the industry, some offering to help us out with training or just teaching experience.

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Sunderland 1-4 Manchester City: Not Even Spiderman Could Save Sunderland From Amazing Aguero

STADIUM OF LIGHT: The stadium filling up in anticipation for Sunderland vs City

STADIUM OF LIGHT: The stadium filling up in anticipation for Sunderland vs City

SERGIO Aguero continued to be a force to be reckoned with, as Manchester City recorded an emphatic 4-1 win over Sunderland.

Despite losing their last four matches at the Stadium of Light, nothing could stop the amazing Aguero as he and City routed the Black Cats to continue to keep the pressure on League Leaders Chelsea.

While Sunderland won the last four times City had visited the Stadium of Light, not even the pitch invasion of Spiderman could save the Black Cats.

But the script could have read completely differently, as Sunderland piled on early pressure with Pablo Zabaleta blocking Jack Rodwell‘s chance 4 minutes in.

Sunderland eventually broke through as Connor Whickham deflected Zabaleta’s tackle into the net to give Sunderland the lead in the 19th minute.

However it didn’t take long for the visitors to retaliate as two minutes later, Aguero nutmegged Sebastian Coates en-route to putting away a beautiful individual effort to level things up.

Having got things rolling, City started causing problems for the Sunderland as the Black Cats’ defense started looking sloppy.

City went ahead after an amazing link-up from Yaya Toure, Aguero and Stevan Jovetic to see Jovetic net home five minutes from half-time.

WELL-DESERVED: City players and fans show mutual respect after a termendous performance

WELL-DESERVED: City players and fans show mutual respect after a termendous performance











As the second half began, Sunderland looked to get themselves right back in it, with Sebastian Larsson testing keeper Joe Hart early on.

However, City simply had Sunderland on the back-foot doing a great job of keeping control of possession with great chemistry being demonstrated by the title holders.

This eventually lead to City’s third in the 55th minute as Sami Nasri hit a brilliant through-ball to set up Zabaleta who chipped the ball in.

Sunderland’s Jozy Alitodre had broken away for a number of chances but the City defense did a tremendous job at keeping the home side at bay.

City continued to pile on the misery for Sunderland as sub James Milner set up Aguero for his second of the night in the 71st minute.

Aguero came off to a huge applause as he was eventually brought-off for Frank Lampard before he could get his hat-trick.

DOES WHATEVER A SPIDER CAN: Spidey making his way off the pitch after disrupting play at the Stadium Of Light

DOES WHATEVER A SPIDER CAN: Spidey making his way off the pitch after disrupting play at the Stadium Of Light












The stars were out to watch this one, including former boxer and City fan Ricky Hatton.

But there was one in particular that swung into action.

Sunderland needed a hero to save themselves near the end, and had one in the form of the friendly neighbourhood Spiderman.

An invader made his way onto the pitch dressed as the legendary superhero, but was quickly removed from the stadium by stewards.

The full-time whistle blew as City remained in distance of league leaders Chelsea, who themselves had won convincingly over Tottenham Hotspurs 3-0 the same night.

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Graphic Design was on the road again with our colleagues from Interior Design, Product Design and Fine Art at this year’s UCAS ‘Design Your Future’ Events in London and Manchester. Staff were joined by student ambassadors, who were a great help and represented us brilliantly. Year 3 students, Ashley Beaumont and Melissa Walling, were in Manchester for Graphic Design and in London tutor Marcus Diamond was joined by recent graduate, Sam Canvin, who were also presenting a talk on the use of sketchbooks in design.

Design Your Future 1

Design Your Future 4

Design Your Future 3

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Stockton Sparkles Once Again

CHRISTMAS has officially started in Stockton.



CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Christmas has officially started in Stockton

Crowds gathered on Stockton high street at the weekend for the grand Christmas light switch on.

Watchers were in for a festive filled evening as they waited patiently for Santa,  BBC presenter Ali Brownlee and the Mayor of Stockton to press the big red button.


SINGING TREE: Stockton’s singing tree attracts a crowd



The event included a large Christmas market surrounding the 50ft high  tree.

Spectators also viewed the first singing Christmas tree which featured  X-Factor’s Kerrianne.



BBC TEES: BBC presenter Ali Brownlee takes to the stage

Presenting on the big stage was BBC Tees presenter Ali Brownlee who welcomed a number of festive performances.

Tside reporter, Lucy Moody, went along to Stockton to get into the festive mood.

She spoke to one family who were joining in with the big celebration….

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