So here I go again writing another blog piece defending Teesside from the critics and the Teesside haters as I call them. Guess what I wont stop doing this ever I totally get everyone is entitled to their views about our area its not crime to say your not a fan of Middlesbrough , Stockton or any part of Teesside it would be a boring world right if we all agreed and had the same views as each other, think I accepted now at the age of 25 being a lass from Middlesbrough, they will always be people who speak negatively about our area if its not people who are from our area , or people from the south or the national media trying to portray us in a bad light from reporting Middlesbrough is the worst place to live in the UK , or the decision from central government back in 2015 not to save our steel works in Redcar back in 2015 , I remember the steel works closing and thinking if we were a town in the south east of England just somehow our steel would of stayed open and been saved ,all round seems at times the national media are against us Teessisders doing well.
Guess its come onto the title of this blog post why I am proud to be from Teesside me a young 25 lass from Acklam in a small suburban part of Middlesbrough, who’s grandparents came over in 1950s my grandad ended up working for ICI beyond Middlesbrough company very much part of the towns history , to having my other grandad serve in the Green Howards in the second world war. Besides my families links to the area its much more than that to the reasons why I’m so proud to be from here wouldn’t want to live anywhere on planet on earth which I know many reading would be find mad statement to say but guess what its the truth.
Firstly one of the main reasons I am proud is the people who live here from the people who were born and raised here who’s families have been here for over a 100 years ,to the people who are from overseas or other parts of the UK , there’s just something about the people living across the Tees , the sense of pride for the area and belonging and coming together and community feel. Iv always said since starting this blog I feel as though being from Teesside makes up most of identify and the values I hold as a person I feel a strong link to being a Teessider more than being British or of being from Italian descent at times.
I guess I could write 25 pages piece about why I’m so proud to be from this area, I think a main factor has to be our culture as I mentioned earlier not our accent and our own unique way of speaking and having our saying which if you said anyway else in the world they wouldn’t have a clue what you meant, there’s something about our accent and our slang which makes me so proud to be from Teesside.
Others factors of the Teesside culture and identify the Parmo our very dish which was created in our area and again if you travel to other parts of the world they would have no clue of our parmo dish, all though myself never trying a parmo, or our steel heritage everyone seems to have some connection to the steel history of Teesside, knowing our steel helped build some of the most bridges in the world ,hearing saying such as ironopolis or the infant hercules , or the pride in our very own football clubs the list is endless of what sums up Teesside culture.
I think another sense of pride is some of places across the Teesside , whenever were spoken about being voted the worst place to live in the UK , I always wonder if people doing these polls have ever visited the area yeah we have our bad parts all towns and cities do , but to list only a few of my best spots Saltburn don’t think I been to a nicer beach spot in the UK , Roseberry topping ,walking near the River Tees in Stockton or our famous Blue bridge we have some amazing spots which make up our area and history and create sense of pride and makes me proud to live in our area.
I think I have pretty much summed up why I am proud to be from Teesside even through writing this I haven’t listed every reason why I’m so proud., I am sure some people reading this will not agree with me and others may share my sense of pride for our area, but regardless I will never stop being proud to be from this area and will keep fighting for Teesside through my blog and voice to make sure were seen in a positive light and celebrate our area , yes I know we have we our problems and errors but doesn’t everywhere.
Article by Chloe Tempestoso