The Countess of Wessex has been visiting the region.
As well as visiting community projects across Teesside and County Durham, she also officially re-opened Billingham Forum to mark its fifth decade in the town. It was originally opened by the Queen in the 1960s.
But today it was given another royal seal of approval after a multi-million pound revamp.
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The operation took around three hours to complete, with the remains being disposed of by a specialist animal by-product company.
Local MPs are now writing to the Prime Minister demanding that statutory redundancy is paid from another budget.
The Chair of the SSI Task Force has outlined some of the support which is available to people affected by closure of the steelworks.