TeessideTogether – 7 September 2015
As momentum grows for the campaign to establish Teesside as the area’s clear identity, local people are being urged to show their support by displaying ‘It has to be Teesside’ posters and ensuring that they use the name in their address.
TeessideTogether, the recently-launched organisation working to tend the area’s long-running identity crisis, has produced artwork for two posters which people can download from the website – www.teessidetogether.com – to demonstrate their views that Teesside is the name they favour rather the failed ‘Tees Valley’ brand which continues to be overwhelmingly rejected.
Says TeessideTogether Chairman Dave Roberts “We’ve been delighted by the response we have received since launching a fortnight ago. The message from local people could not be clearer…we want our identity back and it has to be Teesside.”
“That message has been underlined once again by our own poll, which has been made available to the whole region, showing 92 per cent favouring Teesside as the right identity rather than just 8 per cent for Tees Valley…and that is after almost 20 years of trying to foist Tees Valley on local people.”
“There could not a more important time for ending the uncertainty which has bedevilled the area for so long with huge opportunities opening up through the move to greater devolution of powers and resources. We understand that Tees Valley may have been seen as a useful ‘label’ by administrators local and national but there are no signs that either in the area or elsewhere it has any real recognition.”
“With the Northern Powerhouse agenda we need to fly our flag alongside the great cities of Northern England but that can only happen if we end the confusion and accept the identity which is by far the most supported and recognised.”
“Local people should be heard and that is what we are seeking to achieve through TeessideTogether. That is why we have produced the ‘It has to be Teesside’ posters which people can download and display wherever they want…for example in their homes or in their cars.”
“There is another simple but effective action everyone can take and that is to ensure that they use Teesside in their address. This is a chance for everyone to join in…and the more people who make their views known the greater the chance of achieving the identity our area wants, needs and deserves.”