Zetland FM Local News - 2nd May 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Monday 2nd May 2016.
More than two million spectators have cheered on this year’s Tour de Yorkshire as the county was heralded as fast becoming the heartland of cycling by Tour de France bosses.
Cyclists and organisers have been overwhelmed by the stunning support for the race which has been compared to racing in a stage of the Tour de France.
Yorkshire was transformed into a sea of blue and yellow as the county got behind the second edition of the Tour de Yorkshire.
Yesterday's exhilarating race saw an exciting start in Middlesbrough as riders faced the toughest stage yet over 198km. The peloton raced through Great Ayton and Stokesley which were brimming with crowds before moving down through Northallerton and Thirsk which were also full of cheering spectators.
The winner of the stage was Thomas Voeckler, who crossed the line in first place in Scarborough in a time of 13 hours 5 minutes and 16 seconds.
A man from our area has become the first NHS patient in the country to be given a new immunotherapy drug for the treatment of lung cancer.
Ken Hall, who is 69 and from Eston was told he may have less than a year to live when a persistent cough led to a lung cancer diagnosis in April 2014.
However the retired British Steel engineer responded so well to chemotherapy treatment that his consultant, Dr Talal Mansy, made a special request to use an immunotherapy drug called Pembrolizumab through the Early Access to Medicines Scheme.
Thanks to a team effort including support from histopathology, pharmacy and the chemotherapy day unit, a sample was sent off for special tests to check Ken met the right criteria to benefit from the drug.
Immunotherapy is designed to stimulate the body’s immune system to fight cancer cells and is less toxic than chemotherapy.
Ken’s treatment is long-term and will be given intravenously for 30 minutes every three weeks, but it is only suitable for patients meeting strict criteria and side effects have to be carefully monitored.
Marske United are through to the Northern League Cup Final after a 3-1 victory over Whitley Bay at the weekend.
Reece Kelly gave the Seasiders the lead before Adam Shanks levelled the match from spot.
However second half goals from substitute Jamie Owens and Adam Preston saw Marske seal their place in the final where they will face Shildon.