THE newly refurbished Crypt at Middlesbrough Town Hall will host a fund-raising Strictly Tea Dance in aid of the Captain Cook Birthplace Trust this weekend.

The commemoration of Marton and Middlesbrough's most famous son will feature live music by the Silverwood Band and performances from The Great Ayton Tea Dancers.

Light refreshments and a bottle raffle will further help to keep those new year blues at bay – and tickets are on sale now at £4.50.

Captain James Cook embarked on his first great voyage of exploration 250 years ago - an epic journey that would link a small village in old Cleveland to lands and continents on the other side of the world.

The Captain Cook Birthplace Trust was established 40 years ago to help develop a wider knowledge and appreciation of the work of Middlesbrough’s most famous son.

The Museum in Stewart Park offers an inspiring experience to the public, with more than 7,000 people visiting in 2018, of whom one third were young people of school age.

Tickets for the event, on Saturday, January 12, between 1.30pm – 5pm, cost £4.50 includes booking fee.

They are available from the Town Hall Box Office on 01642-729729 or visit