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Published 31st Mar 2011

(l-r) Temi Sobowale, Matthew Wilson, Cameron Brown, Thomas Robinson, Steph Gibson and Joseph Millar.

Passionate young people are uniting to help Middlesbrough achieve city status.

Middlesbrough is bidding for city status as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations next year.

The city status campaign is gathering momentum with support flooding in from across the Tees area and from within the town’s community.

Now a Young People’s Bid Team has been formed and includes young people representing Middlesbrough, Stockton, Darlington and Redcar and Cleveland.

They will be focusing on ways to get young people engaged with what becoming a city can bring to Middlesbrough and the wider Tees area as well as getting young people involved in city status campaign events.

The team has already met and have come up with loads of ideas to get young people involved in the bid.

This includes volunteering to spread the message at events such as the Intro music festival and the 5k and 10k runs in Middlesbrough.

The team is planning to speak to students at schools, colleges and Teesside University about the bid.

They will be using social media to spread the city bid message as well as writing to Ministers and MPs to raise their awareness of Middlesbrough’s bid.

The Young People’s Bid Team includes the Youth Members of Parliament from the five Tees Valley local authority areas.

Matthew Wilson, Member of the UK Youth Parliament for Stockton, said: “I fully support the Middlesbrough city bid because it's important that we strengthen the links between areas in the Tees Valley.

“In my constituency of Stockton, a shared partnership with Middlesbrough will bring educational, cultural and economic benefits.”

Temi Sobowale, Member of the UK Youth Parliament for Redcar and Cleveland, said: “I believe having Middlesbrough become a city at the heart of the Tees Valley will benefit surrounding areas such as my constituency of Redcar and Cleveland and will mean strengthened opportunities for local young people.”

Thomas Robinson, Member of the UK Youth Parliament for Middlesbrough, said: “Middlesbrough already has what it takes to become a city.

“We're becoming a town that is innovative and exciting, and dynamic in the things we do.

“Becoming a city will increase local pride and ensure we retain our young people as they discover this town is a great place to live, learn, work and spend leisure time.”

City status has the potential to raise the profile of an area and attract both investment and tourism. A range of partners including the Council, local businesses, and Middlesbrough Partnership, are behind the public campaign.

The bid is also being supported by partners from across Teesside and the wider Tees Valley because of the boost that having a city would give the whole area.

The campaign has so far seen thousands of primary school children write letters to the Queen outlining why they want their town to become a city and Boro fans flying the flag for the bid at their last home game against Watford.

Volunteers and activists from Middlesbrough’s communities have also pledged their support and a wide range of events are planned to run throughout the year.

A formal bid, to be delivered by the end of May, will feature a detailed profile of the town, photographs of the town’s key sites and landmarks and a summary of why Middlesbrough deserves to be a city.

The announcement of the successful bid will be made next year.

For more information on Middlesbrough’s city status campaign and to pledge your support visit  information on city status on www.lovemiddlesbrough.com






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