This Saturday (October 27) will see an exhibition open celebrating 30 years of Boro football fanzine Fly Me To The Moon and also a party to mark 40 years of the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum (CCBM).
The two events are part of the wide and varied programme for Discover Middlesbrough 2018 which kicked off on October 15 and will run until November 4.
The Fly Me To The Moon (or FMTTM) exhibition will be on display at Boro Bookworm & Sacred Alien Cornix on Wilson Street in the city centre from 10.30am on Saturday, October 27 until Saturday, November 3.
Thirty Years of Fly Me To The Moon is presented by editor Robert Nichols and features everything from the very first hand drawn, typed out black and white edition to the present day colour publication – taking in everything “from Ayresome to the Riverside, Rioch to Pulis, to Europe and back”.
Celebrations for the 40th anniversary of CCBM and the 290th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s birth take place at the museum in Stewart Park from 10.30am-2.30pm on Saturday, October 27.
The event features the Inner State Theatre Company performing the hilarious “Cook’s Secret Recipe”. Entry is £2 or free with an Explorer Pass.
As well as the two birthday bashes a whole host of exhibitions, shows and events are open for exploration before the end of the Discover Middlesbrough Festival.
Some of the topics include inspirational Teesside women, a William Lane Foundry tour, the responses to fascism in Middlesbrough and Stockton in the 1930s, North East Film Archive showings of Middlesbrough and Wilton at night. For the full programme visitwww.lovemiddlesbrough.com and look out for Discover Middlesbrough.
Cllr Mick Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Communities, said: “It gives me great pleasure to present the Discover Middlesbrough programme for 2018.
“An analysis of the rich and fascinating history of our city always reveals some surprises and this year's programme is no exception - it's amazing to think that it will be 30 years since the Boro football fanzine Fly Me To The Moon was first produced.
“Our diverse programme reflects the extraordinary story of Middlesbrough's unique place in history. We hope it will continue to generate people's interest locally and across the Tees Valley.”