Middlesbrough - population 135,000 - at the heart of Teesside, at the southern edge of north-east England. Rating: 0.00 (0 votes) Captain James Cook, the eighteenth-century maritime explorer and circumnavigator was born at Marton, on the outskirts of the modern town.
Commemorating the Cook connection is the public artwork, Bottle of Notes, by the celebrated artist Claes Oldenburg.
Football at the Boro (Middlesbrough Football Club) has a fanatical following in the town. The premier league side plays at the Riverside Stadium, near to the town centre. It's a major landmark.
The Transporter Bridge over the Tees, the town's best known and well-loved landmark, opened in 1911 and one of only two left in Britain.
Famous Middlesbrough celebrities: football stars Wilf Mannion, Brian Clough and Don Revie; rock star Chris Rea; cartoonist Steve Bell; comedian Bob Mortimer; actress Thelma Barlow, (formerly Mavis Wilton on Coronation Street.)
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