The annual celebration of Middlesbrough’s rich heritage and history gets under way shortly.
And the 2011 Discover Middlesbrough festival promises to be bigger and better than ever.
There’s a feast of events throwing the spotlight on the town’s industrial heyday, its vibrant high-tech present and possible future as the UK’s newest city.
The three-week showcase of the town’s heritage, culture and art always draws in the crowds, and the 2011 line-up looks set to build on previous successes.
This year’s theme – 100 years – is a tribute to the Transporter Bridge, the iconic landmark which defines the Teesside skyline and which celebrates its 100th birthday next month.
Handy pocket-sized guides outlining the programme – which runs from Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, September 25 - are available from Council buildings or can be viewed or downloaded on-line on the links below.
Previous attendances have totalled more than 20,000 and organisers hope this year’s selection of events, tours and open days will prove equally popular.
Middlesbrough Deputy Mayor Councillor Dave Budd said: “Despite the tough economic times that are having an impact on us all, this is still an important year for Middlesbrough.
“There is much to celebrate in our past with its foundations at the very heart of the industrial revolution, but as the town continues to reinvent itself we are firmly focused on the future as well.
“Discover Middlesbrough throws the spotlight on that rich tapestry – with a few surprises even for those who think they know the town and its history inside out.
“As ever, there’s something for all the family, and the vast majority of events are completely free – an attractive proposition when budgets are stretched.”
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