Happy #worldphotographyday from Middlesbrough!

Happy #worldphotographyday from the Love Middlesbrough Lasses!  💕

I had so much fun putting together my top 5 most instagrammable places in Middlesbrough list that I thought I’d do another photography post for #worldphotographyday! I’ve even raided my archives for some older pics which have never been seen on Love Middlesbrough before!

Centre Square

Probably the best sunrise I’ve ever seen in Boro!

But really any sunrise makes it worth being up so early…

And the fountains!

But mainly I’m all about the sunrises (and sunsets)!


Stewart Park

Albert Park

Teessaurus Park

Albert Park

Albert Park

Transporter Bridge

The astute among you might remember this photo from a Discover Middlesbrough brochure a few years ago!

All about the flowers at Transporter Park in the summer!

I could happily spend all day at the side of the Tees photographing reflections and clouds…

One of my favourite places anywhere in Middlesbrough!

Everywhere else!

Zetland Road (opposite the train station)

Acklam Hall (about five and a half years ago!)

View from the top of the Transporter Bridge at night

CSM Stan Hollis VC statue, outside the Dorman Museum


Book bench outside mima

House of Fraser at Christmas

So there you have it, just some of my favourite views in Middlesbrough – but there’s heaps I haven’t included, like the Dorman Museum, Fairy Dell, the Avenue of Trees in Acklam, so stay tuned for the next instalment! 😊

Boro Superheroes!

This week we asked our young bloggers to create their very own Boro Reads Superheroes! We absolutely love the characters they’ve created and we just can’t even deal with the pictures they have drawn. So. Much. Cute. 😍 See for yourself…

If I could be a superhero I would be called Supertastic Girl! Her super powers would be flying powers,  read people’s mind,  be super stretchy and reading powers. My super hero costume would be pink and blue with lots of stars 🌟💫✨

My superhero would be Captain Bookworm! His superhero power would be to have a super memory and telekinesis. He goes around saving the world and getting people interested in reading! 

Captain Bookworm

My superhero is a robot who does all the washing up, the ironing and loads of other household jobs. My superhero is called The SuperBot! because it helps around the house and looks after people too. [Claire asks if The SuperBot can come and help with all her housework please…?] Here is a picture of The SuperBot.

The Superbot

My superhero is helpful and kind and can answer any question you give it. He solves difficult problems and cures people in hospitals who have been told that there is no cure for them. SuperBot is designed to save and help anyone in need and do the best it can for mankind. SuperBot is a secret and is worth a lot of money. Hopefully, in the future, there will be robots like SuperBot working in hospitals all around the world and helping millions of people and animals.

Invisible Hulk! Incredible (ahem), I mean Invisible Hulk blows your mind with her reading skills. She can read up to a 368 page book in 3 minutes! Invisible Hulk can read this fast because of a special setting on her head (marked on the picture with a red arrow). Don’t worry she NEVER STOPS reading, because if someone shouts, “stop what you’re doing it’s time for lunch” she’ll turn on her invisible power so no one can find her and whatever she touches becomes invisible too!

Invisible Hulk

My Super hero is called Captain BORO! His superpower is x-ray vision and he can read books without even opening or turning pages! #UTB 

Captain Boro

Big shout out to Jack’s sister Katherine who helped to create Captain BORO and drew this fabulous picture! Jack reckons she will be an artist one day and we think so too! Thanks for joining in this week Katherine ❤️

Remember to vote for Boro Reads – the top 10 most popular books will be designed into book benches and we can’t wait to see them! 

See you next week with more adventures from our young bloggers! 


What’s your favourite book…?

If we asked you to tell us your favourite book and why you love it so much would it be really easy, or the most difficult question anyone can ask ever in the world of questions? We already shared our Top 5 books in a Love Middlesbrough Lasses post so this time it’s the turn of our BoroReads Young Bloggers. Over to you, guys…

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is my favourite book because it is exciting and the plot is great. There are lots of twists and turns in the book which I find really cool. There is a lot of backstory and there is always a deeper meaning to what the characters say and do. I think that J.K Rowling is the the most amazing writer ever because she kept on trying and trying to get her book noticed when everyone just turned her down. I have a lot of posters and Harry Potter stuff in my bedroom including Dumbledore’s wand (Dumbledore is a very famous wizard and fights with the dark wizard Lord Voldemort), a collection of toy owls and a Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry uniform and wand. As you have probably guessed, I am in love with the Harry Potter series ❤️ and have read all the adjoining books and watched all the films. I highly recommend this book to all adults and children because it is the best book that anyone has ever written and I just couldn’t put it down!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

My favourite book is Mr Stink by David Walliams and you should read this book because it lets you know how homeless people live and that they all have a story. I like this book because I love how the girl Chloe gives him a home which is in his shed, also I like it because Mr Stink gives her the inspiration to keep writing her amazing stories.

Mr. Stink by David Walliams

A book I have really enjoyed reading is Captain Underpants and the Talking Toilets.  It’s about 2 boys called George and Harold. They have a head teacher called Mr Krupp who they play tricks on. Whenever someone snaps their fingers near Mr Krupp he turns into a super hero. Mr Krupp thinks he can save the world but George and Harold end up having to save him when the world gets attacked by talking toilets.  The only way to stop him being a superhero is to pour water on his head.  George and Harold also make comic books in their tree house. Sometimes they sell them at school and get money for them.  I like this book because it is funny and Mr Krupp looks silly as he just wears a cape and his pants! There are lots of Captain Underpants books and they are all good to read but this is my favourite from this collection. 

Captain Underpants and the Talking Toilets by Dav Pilkey

My favourite book of all time is Katy by Jacqueline Wilson. I love this book, every night I said ‘one more chapter and then I’ll put it down…’ three chapters later, ‘ok just one more chapter…’ three chapters later, ‘ok! NOW only one more chapter!’ And so on and so on. The main character is of course Katy. She’s a tomboy like me. She doesn’t get on that well at all with her stepmum, but that changes because of a dramatic twist in the story. I like how Katy gets up to a lot of mischief such as when she puts her enemy’s clothes into the water at school. There are parts of the book that are funny and other characters are annoying like when Katy turns up to swimming in her little sister’s swimming costume and someone says ‘you look like a giraffe in a thong!’ The book made me feel excited and wanting to know what happens next. Jacqueline Wilson rewrote an old book called ‘What Katy Did’ as a modern version for this book.

I definitely recommend this book to girls around my age (or boys if they want).

Katy by Jacqueline Wilson

I am currently taking part in the summer reading challenge with my siblings (this is our 3rd summer reading challenge so far). I signed up at the Central Library (during the #Mela) and afterwards met Authors Paul Cookson & Liz Million – they both did talks which we all found very entertaining. Obviously whilst at the Mela we enjoyed some delicious food (“Nom Nom”)

Over the school holidays, our weekly trip to the Acklam Library is our family ritual. Our Library is very family friendly which is a good job because my younger brother and sister find it hard to stay quiet when choosing their library books. I think that the summer reading challenge is good because you get to choose what you read and at the end you get to rate the book.

At the moment I am enjoying the tale of Greyfriar’s Bobby. I have been told about the monument in Scotland by my family and it’s good to read the story behind it. One day I hope to visit the monument and take a #selfie with Bobby himself as I love dogs. Finally, I just want to give a shoutout for everyone to vote for Boro Reads because we have 2 vibrant book benches in our school and they’re awesome!

greyfriars bobby by eleanor atkinson

What are your favourite books? Tell us in the comments and give us some ideas of what to read next!

A fabulous visit to William Lane Foundry!

Last week, the Love Middlesbrough Lasses were super excited to be invited on a tour of William Lane Foundry.

It’s safe to say that we totally fangirled about it (I feel like not a post goes by without me saying I/we fangirled about something but we literally do, over just about everything), and there may have been a lot of squealing and giggling going on. 

William Lane Foundry was founded in 1862 by the three Lanes: William, a brass finisher, John, a brass moulder, and James, a blacksmith. There was once more foundries in Middlesbrough than you could shake a stick at, but William Lane is the only one left today.

The business has diversified in recent times, and alongside producing industrial parts and ongoing commissions for local authorities, they also work on heritage projects for historic venues like Beamish, and make bespoke plaques and signs like the Harry Potter ‘Platform 9 ¾’ one in our gallery below (this caused a previously-unheard of level of fangirling! 😳).

We absolutely loved our trip, and we’d recommend it to anyone who’s interested in anything Victorian, industrial, or just likes seeing really cool things being done in Middlesbrough. You can get in touch with them by phone (01642 242871) or email (info@williamlanefoundry.uk) to ask about visiting.

It’s amazing and fascinating to see that such a Victorian industry is alive and kicking in the town today, in an area which is now much more known for advanced manufacturing and engineering (Riverside Park) and digital business (Boho Zone) than it is for industry.

Thank you so much to the lovely people at William Lane Foundry for having us – we’re counting down the days til we can go back! ☺️☺️

Meet our new bloggers!

We’ve been keeping this one under our hat for a while now, so it’s super exciting that we can finally introduce you to our new bloggers! These are not just any normal bloggers either, nope, they’re very special bloggers! Over the next few weeks they’ll be sharing all sorts of posts with you and we can’t wait for you to meet them all. Enough chit-chat from us, without further ado, we proudly present our Boro Reads Young Bloggers!

Hi, my name is Julia. I’m eleven years old and I love reading! I have recently passed my grade three piano exam with a distinction and are still awaiting the results of my grade one cello exam. I am a chocoholic [Love Middlesbrough Lasses (LML) note: So are we, Julia!] My favorite chocolate is Lindor because it is so smooth and delicious. My favourite books are the Harry Potter series [us too 😍] I know more facts and theories than most people do! I’m currently reading Anne Frank’s Diary which is so sad! I’m also reading Evie’s Ghost which is really good and I can’t wait to find out what happens.

My name is Holly and I am 10 and a half years old. I enjoy playing roller hockey and unicycling [Wow!] I like reading, especially anything by Jacqueline Wilson, Paul Cookson and David Walliams.  My favourite movie is Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest. I like art and my favourite things to draw are narwhals!


Hi my name is Isobel and I am 10 years old and I LOVE to read . One of my favourite hobbies is to write, swim and to draw. I have read a ton of books so I am super excited to be a book blogger [we’re super excited to have you!]

I am excited to be a book blogger this summer [we’re so excited too, Katie!] My name is Katie and I am nine years old. I love to read , sing and play the piano I also am very creative.

My name is Reece and I am 9 years old. I like playing football. My favourite position is left wing.  I love my dog, Coley, as he is cute and fluffy [😍 LML Claire is ALL about the dogs]. I go to Green Lane School and will be in year 5 after the holidays.

My name is Jack, I am 10 years old and I have lived in Middlesbrough all my life! I have a younger brother and sister (they are twins). I am a Cub Scout and I like to help others, I am a keen gamer and I am learning computer programming (using Python) [LML Rach is SUPER impressed!] which is an interest I share with my Dad. Although, I am not sporty I come from a family of Boro-supporters [#UTB] and my Grandad is the biggest fan of all! I have always loved gadgets and learning how they work!

My Hobbies: Cooking, computing, movies, travelling, photography

My Likes: DanTDM, PUGS!!! Sheep, Visiting RSPB Saltholme Nature Reserve, Pirates of The Caribbean (with Dad), Food @ Mela [LML – all three of us – we totally agree!], Gadgets, GAMES!!! Music, DISNEY WORLD FLORIDA!!!, Baymax & Big Hero 6

Pug puppy

We hope you’ve enjoyed meeting our Boro Reads Young Bloggers. They’ll be back again next Friday so make sure you keep an eye on the blog for their next update!

Remember to vote for your favourite books too for Boro Reads! The top ten books selected are going to be made into beautiful book benches and we can’t wait to see them!

Vote now!