Almost 700 people attended a big party to celebrate the fifth birthday of Middlesbrough’s acclaimed modern art gallery mima.
The party on Saturday (January 28) saw families enjoying a host of free activities including party hat making, badge making, fairy cake decorating and face painting.
Steelworks steel band played and there was a prize draw and a home-made cake stall manned by mima Friends.
There was also talks about the gallery’s popular current exhibition, What Friends have done for Middlesbrough.
The birthday party was generously supported by mima Friends, with cakes kindly supplied by Greggs.
In the five years since mima opened on January 27, 2007, the gallery has welcomed around 700,000 people through its doors including around 32,000 school children.
Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon who cut mima’s birthday cake and formally launch the celebrations, said: “Over the last five years, mima has become a significant part of the offer that attracts people to Middlesbrough.
“This is an international class gallery which puts the town firmly on the map regionally, nationally and internationally.
“It’s a hugely important cultural attraction and one which says this town cares about its present and is building for the future.”
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