Zetland FM Local News - 26th November 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Saturday 26th November 2016.
Rush hour rail services in our area were disrupted yesterday evening following a points failure at Grangetown.
Services between Saltburn and Middlesbrough were affected by the failure, which blocked the line at a junction between South Bank and Redcar Central.
Rail commuters faced long delays of over an hour, which occurred shortly after 5pm.
Engineers from Network Rail attended the site to carry out emergency repairs, and services were restored just after 7pm.
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council’s Countryside Service teams are hosting a number of events to mark National Tree Week which starts today and runs until next Sunday.
National Tree Week is the UK’s largest tree celebration launching the start of the winter tree planting season.
Events in our area include tree planting at Guisborough Forest & Walkway, and Willow Arch planting with Friends of Skelton Community Orchard on Tuesday.
On Thursday, Paul Murphy, Countryside Ranger will be hosting tree identification sessions and giving informative talks on the different species of trees within the Saltburn Valley Woodland.
Other activities to mark the annual week include free tree-themed craft events at Flatts Lane Country Park.
One of Teesside's most popular seasonal spectacles takes place in Redcar later today.
The annual Boundary 500 Group’s Santa Ride will see hundreds of motorcyclists, all dressed as Santa, ride through the town to raise money for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice.
The ride gets underway in Thornaby at 11.30 and the procession of Santa's is expected to arrive in Redcar via the Trunk Road at around a quarter to one.
The bikers will then travel along the Esplanade and High Street before heading up to Kirkleatham Hall for well earned refreshments.
Amongst the riders proudly wearing their Santa suits this year is 86-year-old Howard Barnett from Redcar who is riding his restored 200cc twin 1979 Honda Benly motorbike.