#Project Tees Factory

The Tees Shirt Factory (theteesshirtfactory.com) is a t-shirt website that makes garments promoting Middlesbrough and the local area. Founded in 2017 by Sarah Mitchell it was an idea that stemmed from wanting to have a side project at university. 

I asked Sarah about the business.
How did the idea start?
‘I wanted a way to make some extra money at university, and also to practice my design skills. I started making some logo designs for local businesses, then had the idea to make Middlesbrough themed shirts.’

Why did you choose to make locally themed shirts?
‘Middlesbrough sometimes has a negative image in the press and I wanted to promote some town pride and help people show off their home town, and what better way than on a t-shirt!’

Do you only sell locally?
‘The shirts are very popular with expats and have found their way to America, Dubai and even Australia
The Tees Shirt Factory also supplied me with a custom Project Middlesbrough shirt 

Sarah’s Independent Business is clear example of someone who is proud to be from Teesside, By highlighting through her T-shirt designs Tees Valley culture and heritage(Steel Industry, Transporter Bridge,Middlesbrough FC) something everyone in Middlesbrough should celebrate.

Sarah’s website can be found here at www.theteesshirtfactory.com

Article By Chloe Tempestoso


Vine Restaurant

If you are looking to enjoy the aesthetic beauty of Middlesbrough that comes with a fine dining and bar experience then you must visit Vine Restaurant. The idea of the restaurant belongs to Middlesbrough born Matthew Saul. He cordially invites you to step into the heart of Linthorpe and experience the perfect harmony of deliciousness amongst the food and thirst quenching drinks served at Vine Restaurant. 

Get what you always wanted

You can choose to have a moment of solitude by yourself, sitting in an armchair slowly sipping on a your cold fresh drink from the bar, whilst absorbing every entirety of freshness and calm of the historic atmosphere. Vine Restaurant is amongst the most unique and perfectly organized restaurants of  Middlesbrough.

Story of Origin

In the interview Mathew Saul explained the very reason for opening such an aspiring place in the Middlesbrough, he said “Middlesbrough needs diversity and change and for that to happen something out of the box was needed and Vine Restaurant is that something. We are looking forward to engage the public through live music from local artists on weekends and create different events throughout the year to showcase our wine, gin and cocktail menus.” 

He added further, “This place which is now Vine restaurant occupies a special place in my life, as soon as I laid my eyes on this place I fell in love with it. We renovated everything but still wanted to bring out the amazing original features of the building and as you can see the restaurant holds up as a special spot amongst the locals, as well customers from outside Middlesbrough. We are trying to bring a fine dining experience and for that to be achieved we introduce new food items every week to keep the menu fresh and exciting, using the best seasonal produce around keeping temptation there for the public.”

Bar & Food 

There is an impressive 21-foot long steel cocktail bar that is home to new and creatively exciting flavours regarding cocktails and other drinks as well. Vine Restaurant displays a traditional and customary connection with the town of Middlesbrough on its very building, there are special engravings, a special traditional looking design that resonates with the historical aspects of the area. 

Mathew Saul wanted to bring a special side to Restaurant, that’s why the bar has 16 craft ale taps available for all beer lovers! They will enjoy a traditional experience at Vine Restaurant given the tasting of their speciality drinks through the craft taps. Vine Restaurant has the most amazing open kitchen, award winning chefs and attentive staff. They all work seriously hard as a team to bring the best to  their dishes, drinks and experience. Also with having a lobster tank at the heart of the restaurant, produce is super fresh, sraight from the source to your table.

Bringing Diversity

Vine Restaurant is a huge supporter of local food producers and has the idea of customers enjoying natures best at its core. Also with the heartwarming music, including resident saxophonist Yussef Nimmer, who often performs on a weekend the restaurant, offers people a twist to their dining experience and this makes the whole thing look and feel like magic! 
Under the open sky at night, eating and chatting with your loved ones whilst swaying your head back and forth to the gentle music, that is the Vine Restaurant experience at it’s  finest.

Article By Chloe Tempestoso

Community Middlesbrough Stewarts Park Clean Up

I attended a community event last Sunday at Stewarts Park big clean up ,I was invited to the event by organisers Andy Preston and Carolyn Dodds. Over 100 people met on the day of the event and collected over 100kg of rubbish by cleaning the Middlesbrough Park and improving the image of our town.

It was so amazing to see so many people from our local area working together as a group to try and help improve Middlesbrough,show our town in a postive way, the event highlights the importance of community events and the good work they do for Middlesbrough,why we need to have more events like the one on Sunday at Stewarts Park.

I spoke to one of the organisers of the clean up event Carolyn Dodds asked her why she thought such community events were important for Middlebsrough.

Carolyn Dodds-Today in this age of Facebook and other social media sites “words speak far louder than actions” (or so it has been said) I would like to reverse this trend and see more people engaging in activities that give much needed help to our communities. Sunday’s get together at Stewart Park showed that more people at taking an interest and there is a growing number of folk wishing to help.   We need to applaud, encourage, and help these people/groups as much as possible. Many thanks to all who attended, also those that support us but were unable to join us. Facebook can of course be used to good effect by advertising these activities and giving encouragement.  

If you would like to get involved in the litter picking events around green spaces areas in Middesbrough please feel to contact the Project Middlesbrough facebook page for details of any upcoming events. If you care about Middlesbrough and want the image of the town to improve and for it to protrayed in a postive light like me,the clean up event is great way to help the fight for Middlesbrough to improve,show what a great area Middlesbrough is.

Article by Chloe Tempestoso Photos by Ian Morrish

Why we should save Teesside Airport

Teesside Airport is an important economic asset which is available to be bought off, and the mayor Ben Houchen of Tees Valley has offered to the buy the airport into public ownership an estimated budget of 40 million pounds is needed to strike the deal. Given the narrative of the sale, an Airport is an important economic as well as bridging asset which is responsible for joining nations with each other and empowering the locals as well.

Benefits of the Buy

As the mayor illustrates that buying the Airport and giving it into the public ownership will bring huge reforms for the people of Tees Valley and some of these benefits/reforms include;

  1. Changing the name of the Airport from Durham Tees Valley to the Teesside International Airport.
  2. By 2029 the Airport will be bringing 1.4 million active passengers to travel through various destinations even all over Europe, Australia, and the USA as well.
  3. 7600 will be created for the Teesside area and other important factors such as stabilizing the economy of the locals will be another great factor to admire.
  4. Addition of 10 additional routes by 2022 is also an important factor of this bought off, it will give access to the locals to travel to different places for holidays or other important events.
  5. People won’t have to travel all the way across to the Leeds or Newcastle which is on an hour drive from the Teesside.

Public Ownership

It is simple enough to say that we will let the airport close in 2021 with the current state the airport is in, I believe the people of Teesside and Ben Houchen deserves a chance to try and save our airport turn into its former glory . Otherwise, the we will be a largest  urban area in the UK without an Airport; also the public ownership seems to be the only way if the Airport should be saved from being closed off in 2021. 

Buying back the airport will have no impact over the economic growth of the locals if anything it will help the economy to get stronger without putting any extra charge to the people council’s tax bills.

With all the things labeled before you, it is clear that the Airport should go to public ownership if the Tees Valley needs economic stability.

The History of Teesside Airport

The Airport first came into existence in 1942, and it was a WW2 bomber base at Middleton St. George and was home to many Canadian Squadrons and after the war was over it got turned into a civil airport. Mercury Airline Service took the first flight in 1964 to the Manchester. Princess Margarethe of Sweden inaugurated the passenger terminal at the airport in 1966. It was named Durham Tees Valley in 2004 and in 2006 it received the largest number of passengers onboard about 900,000 but as of 2018, it was down to a record low of 140,000. In the history, people were able to fly to various destinations such as Rome, Dublin, and other beach destinations across Europe and also for Florida and Orlando, but as of 2019 only flights for Amsterdam and Aberdeen are flying on and off.

With such a splendid history and all the great destinations people could have traveled to, the Airport should be bought back to the public ownership and so the consistent path to prosperity and economic stability could be completed.

It is obvious that the people of Tees valley deserve a World Class Airport for themselves and also for the sake of economy of the valley as well. That is why the Airport should be bought back to the public ownership and for that to happen people need to raise their voices and demand the very bought off to be given in the public ownership of the Tees Valley that would be a wise step ahead.    

Article by Chloe Tempestoso 

Middlesbrough’s First Micro Pub #ProjectDrPhil’s

The finest pub in Middlesbrough, Dr Phil’s is gaining a lot of popularity and there in no questioning that. Due to its simple yet classic environment, this new local pub which opened its doors in 2013 provides a cozy place where the residents of Middlesbrough can sit down and enjoy a Pint of ale.

The first and the finest Micro pub in Middlesbrough is owned by local business men and Middlesbrough born Matthew Saul and Matthew Power. It is the oldest and smallest Micro pub which cannot be overlooked for its scale. The pub is setting up the trend for various local businesses to open up for people to come in and enjoy, set trend for Mirco pub scene in Middleborough.

Thefirst Micro Pub in Middleborough, Dr Phil’s provides a platform where peoplecan enjoy a good drink after a rough day at work. A great way to relax. Theplace adds to the beauty and serenity that lies within the night life ofMiddlesbrough.

The Pub helps the whole community of Middlesbrough to collect. They can meet each other and talk about community matters. The place is simple, yet classic. It is humble and has a gentle touch to it, something like you have never experienced before.

Owner of the Micro pub Mathew Saul says the Micro pub is Linthorpe in a glass. It is one of the oldest pub in town that still lives by the norms and integrity on which it was once established. The place is cozy and comfortable. It will provide you the comfort which will make you hard to leave. A comfortable setting and environment perfect for any occasion. Dr Phil’s is at the very heart of the Linthorpe Community and people of Linthorpe

If you happen to pay Middlesbrough a visit or you are a local resident, you need to pay Dr Phil’s first Micro pub a visit. It will help you connect with the night life of this town. It has a classic feel to it that helps you forget the contemporary world.

The place has been recognized by Cleveland CMARA. It was certified as the Pub for the season for Spring 2014 and 2015, 2018 . The place was acknowledged and is still well-recognized. The award-winning Micro Pub in Linthorpe helps you celebrate all kinds of occasions.

Thislocal pub might be small in scale but it is doing the huge task of providingemployment for a lot of people. Hardworking people from the town are making alivelihood from this local Micro pub. It has the finest touch to it that arecomplimented by warm lights.

Theplace is open all week. Feel free to gather here to and enjoy quality ale.

The owners of this Micro pub in Middlesbrough Matthew Saul and Matthew Power are super friendly and accommodating. Providing you the comfort. Whether you want to stay for a while and contemplate or want to grab a quick drink, there is nothing that will serve the purpose better than this pub.

It is a wonderful, quirky place with variety of drinks available for you to enjoy. A great local business that is setting up a good example for fellow entrepreneurs to establish similar projects. A great little alehouse which has got numerous facilities for you.

Article By Chloe Tempestoso


Middlesbrough has always been a soft target for a lot of people who are ready to defame it at every given cost. Not only media but also the people of other cities or communities largely contribute to degrading this town. Whenever someone talks wrong about a certain town , it basically refers to as a personal attack to the people of that town .However, Middlesbrough has a lot more to it than anybody can imagine. Therefore, we should start looking at the brighter side of the story.

Community Middlesbrough

The people of Middlesbrough consider it their prime duty to maintain their town like no other. A lot of people has slandered Middlesbrough and now the communities of the Middlesbrough are getting into action. Unarguably, communities of Middlesbrough have long been forgotten but now they are soaring.

The Big Clean Up

The biggest step that the community Middlesbrough has taken is the start of the big clean up in the Middlesbrough. The most major clean up started in the Blue Bell Beck and this was led by Carolyn Dodds. There are a lot of groups involved in this big clean up and all of those groups were quite eager to get the job done so that they can move onto another place.

It is observed that this clean up community of Middlesbrough collected up to 16 bags of rubbish from a small part of the Blue Bell Beck. It is quite an honor fto be a Middlesbrough citizen that all the people are taking pride in cleaning up their valuable town. This was just a glimpse of the spirit of the people of Middlesbrough and there is surely more to come in the near future.

Success Comes from Working Together

The people of Middlesbrough has now realized that nothing can change the outlook of their city unless they work side by side with each other. Whether it is collecting rubbish from the streets or collaborating together against the harsh and libeling comments of the people on your town, a community is essential.

A group of people works together towards the betterment of the city and that is what the communities of the Middlesbrough are currently doing. Community spirit is the most important and valuable thing for giving a new meaning to your city or town. This is because success comes from working and keeping together.

Cleaning up your city or an area is not only essential for maintaining your city but also it is valuable for your environmental sustainability. When a lot of people work together, there is a high chance of presenting new and innovative ideas for the betterment of the country. Therefore, it is quite indispensable to work as a team to reach the potential goals at a faster pace.

Future of the Middlesbrough

When all the other people strive hard to degrade your town,combine together as one power and work hard to take your city on the road to success. Therefore, it is very important to unite together. Moreover, these projects like this big clean up are essential for the city and these local projects can give rise to numerous other projects.

Article By Chloe Tempestoso

Judith’s Middlesbrough #ProjectThree

I met Judith a few weeks ago in  The Fork in the Road restaurant over dinner ,to dicuss whatMiddlesbrough meant to her ,Green space within our Town about her involvement  in the local group GreenStuff Middlesbough . Here I met someonewho was passionate about her town and could see the importance and many benefits to why a town like Middlesbrough needs as much Green as possible. After meeting Judith and hearing her  story on what  Middlesbrough and green space means to her I felt I met someone who cared deeply about her area and was one of the people in our town which makes it such a good to live, Here is Judith’s Story. 

My Meeting with Judith In the Fork in the Road few weeks ago

What does Middlesbrough mean to you? 

I was born in Ormesby when it was a small village and the occasional bustrip into ‘the town’ was an exciting event.  I was fascinated by Wright’s Tower House and the way your shopping change came down a shute.   My first full time job was in the civil service in Middlesbrough. I could always see the famous Transporter bridge from Ormesby Bank – along with many otherbuildings.  I think Middlesbrough is a great town because it offers everything – shops, cinema, theatre and it is so easy to get to our spectacular coast and countryside.  After living in landlocked Birmingham for a few years I had a new appreciation of just how lucky we are. 


Why is green space important for the town?

Greenspace is invaluable to any town but to Middlesbrough more than most.  Itis a well researched and documented fact that just being in green space isvital to physical and mental well being.  It is calming and uplifting, itgets us away from the everyday stresses of life which helps improve our menta lhealth and sense of well being. It provides an opportunity for exercise – atwhatever pace you choose – while listening to birdsong and observing all the wonders of the flora and fauna we find in our green spaces.  It provides us with the delight of  foraging during the late summer and autumn. Winter brings the chance to sledge down the slopes, have a snowball fight and relax with hot toast smothered with hedgerow jam and a good slurp of homemadesloe gin.  What’s not to love about our green spaces?

I think our beautiful green spaces are so very important for our children. It is much healthier, more stimulating and simultaneously educational for children to run and play freely in green space.   Children learn to communicate and cooperate effectively in games with their peers in green space and the lack of man made structures helps them be inventive in the games they create.  Who does not have memories of the delights of beck jumping games,building secret dens, tracking games and climbing trees.  The long meadow grasses can become the sound of waves while marooned on an island in the middleof an ocean.  The possibilities are endless if we let children be free ina green space.

Why is greenstuff important to you?

Greenstuff is not just important to me but important for current and future generations.  Greenstuff came about when Martyn Walker mobilised people to fight to save our precious Acklam meadows and woodland.  We cannot let itbe concreted over and have the most important asset Middlesbrough has to offer lost forever. The meadows and Foxes Wood are ancient and irreplaceable. They can never be recovered in their current form once they have been built on.

Middlesbrough has among the worst data for poor health, drug abuse and suicide in thecountry.  In fact it has the highest suicide rate in the country.  Given that we know green space is important for mental health we, as atown, need to be encouraging more people to avail themselves of this free,green, health service.  I know there is a doctor’s surgery which organisesguided walks through the Acklam meadows for patients suffering from depression.  Walking, jogging, running is also good for combating heartdisease and on the meadows you are in fresh air rather than breathing in the fumes from roads.  Heart disease is also implicated in vascular dementia and exercising in a green space, where you can meet friends and neighbours and pass the time of day, is a good antidote to developing dementia.

Greenstuff is important to me for all these reasons but also for the sheer pleasure ofseeing so many varieties of gloriously coloured dragon and damselflies, anamazing array of butterflies and moths, so many delightful wildflowers, the chance of glimpsing deer in the woodland or drinking from the pond and so many other forms of life.  My highlights this year were the sounds of the sparrowhawks nesting on Mandale and the beautiful marsh or chids nestling in the swaying meadow grasses, but I love the call of the resident tawny owls and the swooping bats and house martins.  There is so much to fall in love with in our greenstuff places.

If your readers haven’t already joined Greenstuff, Stand With me or Our Greenways I would urge them to do so and be part of voice raised to preserveour green spaces.

What do you think are the best points of the town?

Well,you won’t be surprised to hear, that for me, the best features of our town arethe Acklam meadows and woods, the Ormesby beck valley, Nature’s world and the natural green spaces around Nunthorpe.  However, I also love Fork in theRoad as I think it was an amazing vision of  Andy Preston’s to help trainup people who might otherwise not find employment.  I love the new initiatives such as Baker Street, which adds a new, fresh vibe to the town.  I think we need some boutique shops and some more interesting barsto run alongside those areas to attract more people into the town.  New in town entertainment would also enliven the town and make it more attractive tot he young.

What future do you see for Greenspace in Middlesbrough?

Unless the council changes it’s plan to run a major road through the richly biodiverse habitat which is Mandale meadow, I think the future for green space in Middlesbrough is bleak.  The proposed road could be a circular route through the new estate, with a separate entry and exit point or the councilcould build an, admittedly more expensive route, via the farm road whichalready exists and negotiate with Stockton Borough Council for the road to exit onto the A1130 on the Stockton side of the A19 Mandale interchange.

We also need to keep Nature’s World with it’s amazing orchard and many splendidfeatures – and Middlesbrough’s only Botanical Garden.

Article By Chloe Tempestoso