A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Friday 22nd April:

People in Redcar have reacted with dismay on social media, at the news that the local HSBC Bank branch in the town will close for good on Friday 15th July.

The bank has sent out letters to all local people affected outlining the plans, saying that all accounts will be transferred to the Albert Rd branch in Middlesbrough.

It cites a decline in footfall into the branch, however no staff will lose their jobs - instead they will relocate to other branches.



Members of the public are being invited to nominate staff from North East Ambulance Service who have gone ‘beyond the call of duty’. 

Every year, the service holds an awards ceremony to recognise outstanding contributions of its employees and volunteers who embody the heart of the Trust’s vision – ‘Unmatched quality of care for every life we touch’ - and demonstrate its core values of pride; excellence and innovation; responsibility and accountability; compassion; respect and making a difference every day.

Now into its fifth year, the Beyond the Call of Duty Awards, allow the Trust the opportunity to publicly recognise and celebrate the achievements of its 2,500 staff.

The Awards are held on Friday 21st October, with twelve categories recognising achievements of NEAS staff over the past twelve months, with an additional award made for the most outstanding achievement of all of the nominations.

Staff can be nominated for an award by their colleagues, line managers, patients or members of the public.

Nominations can be made from now until 31 July - just head to www.neas.nhs.uk/staff-awards 



A week today, Stage One of the Tour de Yorkshire will be under way and although the race isn't coming into Redcar and Cleveland, it will be close by - AND this years chosen charity of the Race is one very close to our hearts.

Across the Middlesbrough, Nunthorpe, Great Ayton and Stokesley areas, the finishing touches to houses, businesses and public areas are being made and there are some very colourful sights!

With thousands expected to line the route of Stage Three starting in Middlesbrough on Sunday May 1st, there are celebrations and activities planned.

In Nunthorpe, pupils at St Bernadettes, The Avenue, Chandlers Ridge and Nunthorpe Academy Primary Schools have been painting bicycles with the help of the local Neighbourhood Policing team. Plus the secret knitters will be about, adding their slant to the event at Nunthorpe railway station and other locations.

This years official charity of the Tour de Yorkshire, is the RNLI

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