UK’s Best Christmas Tree

In Stockton there is a generally accepted high street fashion trend of trainers, joggers, and a cap.

Like all people in Stockton, the only trainers I have are Airmax. There are a few other accepted variations of trainer, however they must be either Nike or Adidas.

This is likewise with joggers, which must also be Nike or Adidas. Caps must be Nike with a silver plastic Nike badge.

Ironically, this type of sports gear, isn’t the best gear for playing sports. So I needed some new trainers.

The amount of Bargain Madness’, Pound Land’s and charity shops  in Stockton is perfect for people like me who hate spending money.

So to buy my new trainers I took my custom to the Bargain Madness’ of the shoe world – Wynsors World of Shoes and found a bargain – A pair of Pumas for twenty quid!

Proud of my purchase, I walk through the high street and bump into this.

UK's Best Christmas tree

UK’s Best Christmas tree

It was this that reminded me I’m not the only one who hates spending money.

Stockton council spent all their money on traffic lights rather than Christmas lights, so had to nip to Pound Land before the light’s switch on and buy one of those cheap fibre optic Christmas trees.

One amazed Facebook User said “it’s got to be there worst in the country”

and another called it a “wigwam”.

On the other hand was a money issue a little more serious. A hostage.

Cleveland Police spent all their time trying to negotiate a hostage situation with the hope of redeeming themselves for all the recent corruption accusations.

They were absolutely gutted to find out that, after all that effort, there was no hostage after all and they just looked silly.

Turns out it was a 33 year old man who has now been charged with common assault and break of bail.

What a waste of time, he’d have more chance making money by scrapping in that Christmas tree.


Missing Person Appeal

Tommy Sandbach

Tommy Sandbach

Police are appealing for information leading to the safe return of a Stockton High Street regular.

Blaine Sandbach, 53, who is also known as Tommy, was last seen on Thursday last week.

Tommy, who is well known in the Stockton area, was wearing a grey coat, blue jeans, a beanie hat and black trainers when he was last spotted.

Mr Sandbach, who is described as 5ft 10″, with a slim build, fair skin and brown hair, is also known to have family in Manchester.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the non-emergency phone number 101.

Not many people can be described as “Stockton High Street regular” so we need to get this man back to the home he loves! 

The kind heart of Stockton

Yesterday I took a short trip into Stockton high street to buy a subway (The only big name store in the high street) and got a meatball marinara sandwich and drink for £3.

On the walk, my friend asked
me to wait for him while he signed on at the job centre.

(If your not familiar, signing on is how a lot of people from Stockton earn their fortnightly wage of £113.60 (dole))

Some workers are a little wiser and earn slightly more than others.

“Ya smashed it there darl” a loving boyfriend says to his girlfriend, whose “bad back” and way with words secured disability benefits for a few weeks.

While admiring the couples determination to earn more than the rest, my thoughts are interrupted by a short man and his dog.

“Now mate, don’t fancy doing us a fag do ya?” the man politely asks with a smile on his delicately chiseled face.

Regrettably, I don’t smoke and I am forced to say “no”.

Luckily a kind, caring man, presumably also waiting for a friend, interrupts our conversation.

“‘Ere son, i’ll save ya ‘alf” the man says, while rolling cigarette”.

While the two continue to chat over a cigarette, I sit back and admire.


Picture of the job centre at a less busy time of day

Amazing that in a town riddled by recession, the honest, hard working citizens of Stockton can pull together and share the moments that matter most; half a cigarette outside the job centre before you sign on.