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Benefits Street: ‘Loudest Whisper’ planned in campaign to fight against negative publicity

Shhh…A giant game of whispers is planned across the whole of Stockton!

The ‘Loudest Whisper‘ will be one of the main events planned for the Positively Stockton on Tees (Psst…) campaign to fight against negative publicity that Benefits Street may bring.

The second series of Benefits Street – filmed on Stockton’s Kingston Road on the Tilery estate – is due to hit our screens in just weeks.

Wildcats of Kilkenny frontman Mike McGrother is one of those leading the campaign.

He said:

“There’s an abundance of community pride in Stockton-on-Tees – it’s just not our style to go shouting it from the rooftops!

“But if we’re faced with a series that seeks to paint us in an unfair light on national television, we shouldn’t take that lying down.

“Through the Loudest Whisper event and all the other parts of the Positively Stockton campaign, we can dispel the myths that will inevitably be trotted out using the sense of humour, community spirit and understated manner people in our borough are renowned for.

“And it’s all for Comic Relief – our voices – though quiet, will be heard!”

It will take place over the two days of Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 and will also raise money for Comic Relief.

A message will be passed from person to person, making use of human chains as well as all kinds of transport, from jet-skis and rowing boats to buses and bikes.

Details of the full routes that the whisper will take will be unveiled later this month but there will be opportunities for the public to get involved, as follows:

• Friday, March 13, 12.15pm at the Infinity Bridge, Stockton

• Friday, March 13, 5.30pm at the area near ARC and The Storytellers pub, Stockton

• Saturday, March 14, 12.20pm in Ropner Park, Stockton

• Saturday, March 14, 1.15pm at Preston Hall, Eaglescliffe

People across the region and beyond are being encouraged to show their love for the borough by sharing photographs, videos and stories.

To find out more about the Positively Stockton-on-Tees campaign and how to get involved visit: www.positivelystocktonontees.co.uk

Source –  Sunday Sun,  15 Feb 2015

Campaign to counter ‘poverty porn’ portrayal of Stockton

Plans to put a more positive spin on a North-East town ahead of the airing of the next series of Channel 4’s Benefits Street are underway.

TV company Love Productions chose Kingston Street in Stockton to film its second series of the popular Channel 4 fly-on-the-wall show, dubbed by some as “poverty porn“.

The next series is expected to air in March and Stockton Borough Council says it is expecting a less-than-flattering portrayal of the town.

Now businesses are throwing their weight behind a campaign to shine a positive light on Stockton.

The Positively Stockton-on-Tees campaign has a website – http://www.positivelystocktonontees.co.uk – and social media accounts have been set up for people to share photographs, videos and stories about the area.

Now, thanks to donations from local businesses, the best submissions will be rewarded in a monthly prize giveaway, the first of which is afternoon tea for four at Wynyard Hall.

Council leader Bob Cook said:

“We came up with this campaign to create a space where people can share their views on what they love about Stockton-on-Tees and we’ve been delighted with the response so far.

 “We’ve said from the off that we want the public to take up the mantle of getting this campaign off the ground and we’ve received some wonderful stories and photographs from people across the Borough.”

Mike McGrother, Wildcats of Kilkenny frontman, said:

“What has been lovely about the response so far is the overwhelming reaction from across the borough – and beyond.

“We may not have the revenues and reach of Love Productions – but what we will do in response is a much ‘lovelier’ production all round.”

To find out more about the Positively Stockton-on-Tees campaign, and how to get involved, visit:

http://www.positivelystocktonontees.co.uk http://www.facebook.com/positivelystocktonontees

or follow the campaign on Twitter @positivelySOT

Source –  Northern Echo,  19 Jan 2015