FIREFIGHTERS tackled a fire involving a JCB in a building site compound at the weekend.

Crews from Grangetown fire station attended the incident at Keepmoat Construction in Thorntree, Middlesbrough, at around 10.15pm on Saturday night.

The vehicle was alight on the arrival of the crews and a hose reel jet appliance was used to extinguish the flames.

It took around 30 minutes to put out the fire, which destroyed the driver’s cab and damaged the engine.

CHURCH DISPLAY: The South Billingham Methodist Church’s Knit and Natter group will be holding an exhibition and selling various items on Thursday, May 8, from 11am to 6pm. The exhibition, at the church on Station Road, Billingham, is to raise funds for the church and car parking is available.

OLD SEA DOGS: Former and serving seafarers are invited to the Merchant Navy Association’s Dormanstown and Redcar branch meeting on Monday, May 12 in the Coatham Social Club, Coatham Road, Redcar, from 7.30pm. New members welcome. For more information call Tony Whatmore on 01642-484787.

BOWLING CHANCE: Anyone fancying a go at bowling should visit John Whitehead Park and Billingham Ladies bowling clubs while they are offering free coaching sessions on Saturday, May 10, from 10am. All equipment is supplied and there will also be a bowls wheelchair available for use. Bowlers are advised to wear flat shoes. Anyone wanting further information should call 01642-555747.

PARK MEETING: The Friends of Zetland Park committee will hold its annual general meeting on Tuesday, June 10, at 6.30pm in the Zetland Room, St Peter’s Church, Redcar, for annual reports and the re-election of officers. New members are welcome. For information call 01642-488138 or email