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Published 21st Oct 2011

Marton Pharmacy MD Mike Maguire looks on as Olympic hopeful Chris Tomlinson receives a massage from masseur Dave French at The T

Boro manager Tony Mowbray and local MP Tom Blenkinsop will kick off the festivities for the 50th anniversary celebration of an award-winning Teesside pharmacy.

Marton Pharmacy, which boasts Middlesbrough-born Olympics hopeful Chris Tomlinson, the British long jump record holder, among its regular customers, is celebrating 50 years in business.

To mark the achievement, the pharmacy is inviting its customers and community to a free event featuring top local band The Beer Pigs, BBC Tees radio presenter John Foster, children’s face-painting and a bouncy castle.

Launched as FI Maguire Ltd in 1961 by Frank Maguire, the father of present-day managing director Mike, the pharmacy now has a thriving Therapy Centre offering a range of Holistic Treatments.

The community event will see The Therapy Centre launch its new partnership with Crathorne Hall Hotel and a new range of Dermalogica Skin Treatments.

Visitors to the event can enjoy free relaxing mini-massages, together with complimentary Dermalogica Face-Mapping skin analysis.

The Beer Pigs will play hits of the past 50 years, while 1961 Boro and England striker Alan Peacock will join former Ayresome Park PA announcer Bernard Gent among the guests.

Prizes in a charity raffle in aid of South Cleveland Heart Fund include Boro shirts, Crathorne Hall pamper packages, Holistic Therapies, and Dermalogica Skin Treatments and products.

Mowbray will open the event, which takes place 2-5pm on Sunday October 23 in the car park at Marton Pharmacy, adjacent to Marton Shops on Stokesley Road, Middlesbrough.

For a limited period only, the Therapy Centre is also offering a free back, neck and shoulder massage worth £19 for anyone who is also celebrating their 50th year.

Managing director Mike Maguire was winner of the national Community Pharmacist of the Year award in 2009 and a Middlesbrough Mayor’s Award for services to the community earlier this year.

“When there are so many household business names going under in this difficult economic climate, it’s a proud achievement that our independent, family-run pharmacy is not only celebrating 50 years but thriving too.

“With the various awards we’ve won, we have a very high profile nationally as well as locally, so we’re punching well above our weight.

“It’s a very competitive market but part of our progression is developing into new areas, so our partnership with Crathorne Hall Hotel is both innovative and important.”

The Therapy Centre is now offering its range of Holistic Therapies to guests at the AA 4 red stars hotel.

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Photo caption: Marton Pharmacy MD Mike Maguire looks on as Olympic hopeful Chris Tomlinson receives a massage from masseur Dave French at The Therapy Centre at Marton Pharmacy as it prepares to celebrate 50 years in business.

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