EXCAVATION works are under way this afternoon(Wednesday, February 19) to locate a gas escape near a busy Middlesbrough junction.

Lane restrictions will be in place on the eastbound carriageway of Borough Road prior to the junction with Marton Road.

Northern Gas Networks are unable to predict how long it will be before the problem is rectified but delays are inevitable, especially during peak periods.

Anyone who smells gas should ring the national gas emergency service, any time, day or night on 0800 111 999.

FREE SEMINAR: Learning disability charity Mencap will be hosting a Planning for the Future event at St Mary’s Centre, Corporaation Road, Middlesbrough, on Tuesday, March 4 at 12.30pm. The event will provide free information on how families and carers can ensure that someone with a learning disability is taken care of when they are no longer around, by making a suitable will or setting up a trust. To book a place contact Gina Collins on 020 7696 6925, email willsandtrusts@mencap.org.uk or visit www.mencap.org.uk/pffe

SUPPORT GROUP: The Teesside Lymphoma Association support group will hold the meeting on Thursday, March 13 at the Haematology Day Unit, University Hospital of North Tees, Hardwick road, Stockton, from 6.30pm-8.30pm. The group is made up of individuals who are, or have been, affected by lymphoma in some way; whether patient, family member, friend or carer. If you would like to attend the meeting, or would like further information about the group, contact the Lymphoma Association’s Freephone helpline on 0808-808-5555 or visit www.lymphomas.org.uk

MOZART’S MUSIC: MIDDLESBROUGH’S classical concert series continues tomorrow night (Thursday, February 20) when the widely-acclaimed Royal Northern Sinfonia bring a touch of Mozart to Teesside. Royal Northern Sinfonia will perform Mozart’s Overture Cosi fan tutte and his Piano Concerto No 21 in C, together with Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and Beethoven’s Symphony No 2 in D, at Middlesbrough Town Hall at 7.45pm. Tickets are priced from £13.50, with concessions from £11.50 and students just £6. For tickets contact the box office on 01642-729729.

SINGERS WANTED: The Levendale Singers are looking for new members particularly altos, basses and tenors but all are welcome. We do not audition all we ask is a love of singing. The group rehearse in the Catholic Church Hall, High Street, Yarm on Monday evenings from 7.30pm to 9pm. Anyone interested in joining should call the secretary on 01642-783198 or the chairman 01642-780594, alternatively e-mail ajw.mace@gmail.com

CHARITY FUNDRAISER: A coffee morning with bacon and sausage buns will be held at Saltburn Methodist hall, Milton Street, on Saturday (February 22) starting at 10am until lunchtime in aid of cash-strapped Saltburn youth project Doorways. Project manager John Pearson said the response to an appeal for funds was going well with over £6,000 raised in a month. Doorways moves into an upstairs office at the Destinations cafe, Station Street, next month (March).