They came, they sang, they were wowed by the Boro crowd, in May 2019.

Radio 1’s Big Weekend saw global music stars come to Stewart Park in Middlesbrough, and be impressed by the enthusiastic welcome.

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About 64,000 people watched acts including Ellie Goulding, Miley Cyrus, Little Mix, Lewis Capaldi, James Arthur, Rita Ora, Stormzy, Anne-Marie, Mumford and Sons and the 1975.

Miley Cyrus was in town for two days, and smashed out an incredible finale on the main stage on Saturday, with Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills describing her as “a megastar - she was amazing”.

Little Mix kicked off Sunday’s acts with a raunchy routine, with the 1975 closing the event.

Ellie Goulding’s performance last night went down less well, with some technical issues causing problems.

Radio 1 DJs including Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac enjoyed Saturday night out at Tiny nightclub in central Middlesbrough, where they took over the decks and played a set for over an hour.

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The club is an LGBT friendly nightspot on Albert Road, which reopened earlier this month after a short spell where it closed its doors.

Mills, a longstanding Radio 1 DJ, said he had been impressed with how friendly the Middlesbrough people had been – including two women who helped give him a leg up, or “hoggy” over a security fence when he was struggling to find his way out of the park on Saturday night.

A son was following in his father’s footsteps after competing in the same boxing competition against the same club, 20 years on.

Jonas Railton was the England Boxing National Schools Champion in the cadet under 36kg category, in May 2019.

The 12-year-old won 11 of 12 matches since he began competing.

His latest achievement saw him take the same path as his father, Anthony Railton, who fought for the same title against the famous Repton Amateur Boxing Club in 1999.

Jonas trained at Bishop Auckland Boxing Club, where Mr Railton was also a coach.

The St John’s school student won in the Tyne Tees and Wear regional final of the England Boxing National School Championships, making him the Tyne Tees and Wear Champion.

He then went on to win the quarter finals in Bridlington and the semi finals in Crawley before returning to the town for the final against William Howard, from Repton Boxing Club.

After three 90-second rounds, Jonas was announced as winner, and national champion.

His father said: “We are all very proud of Jonas and his achievements.

“He first came to the gym when he was seven, and then from about eight I could tell he had something. I know he’s my son but I could see that he was talented."

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