We were lucky enough to host some amazing local acts as part of this year's Middlesbrough Live, a lovely event supported by Middlesbrough Council which showed what our town has to offer.
After a busy, busy Saturday in tea house HQ, we cleared the place of its tables and chairs to make way for the 'stage area' and 'prop room' - if you haven't already seen Bob Fischer's band Old Muggins you have got to give them a go. A kind of rockabilly act, with Bob dressed as monk, they really kicked the evening off with a bang!
I am going to let the photographs speak for themselves. One thing to know is yes it was odd. It was very odd in fact, but I laughed so much that my cheeks hurt.
We had a little break where we went back into tea lady mode, making sure everyone was topped up with tea and cake before novelist Richard Milward took to the stage.
A little background on Richard... He is a Middlesbrough lad through and through. Born here in 1984, he has 3 novels under his belt: Apples which was the 1st, Ten Storey Love Song, his second and Kimberly's Capital Punishment, his third - he really is on a writing roll.
To help bring his storys to life, Richard brought along some props to give us some visuals while reading a few pieces from his books.
This guy's writing is just great. He keeps it real. Even if he does have a white wig or a block of flats on his head!
As the night was drawing to a close, Dressed Like Wolves took their place.
This band are one of my favourites. Rick's voice is sooooooo good. I haven't seen these guys since the last time they played here and the whole performance welcomed the autumn in.
It was such a great evening full of amazing people sharing a love of live acts. Now we are ready for the cold cold nights ahead with a tea in one hand, a cake in the other, watching more local talent and having a blooming good time.
Happy Tuesday Tea Lover x