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Councillor Jim Beall, Chair of Stockton's Health and Wellbeing Board, and his grandson George show off their Change4Life certificates after taking part in free ice skating sessions at Billingham Forum.

Councillor Jim Beall, Chair of Stockton's Health and Wellbeing Board, and his grandson George show off their Change4Life certificates after taking part in free ice skating sessions at Billingham Forum.

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FREE sports sessions at Billingham Forum encouraged hundreds of people to live a healthier lifestyle.

The Forum offered people the chance to go for a swim or ice skating at the weekend as part of the national Change4Life campaign.

And they proved a big hit with the public attracting over 350 visitors.

Over 100 people took advantage of the free pool offer while almost 250 took to the Forum’s new ice rink.

The sessions were offered by Stockton Borough Council and hosted by Tees Active as part of the national campaign which encourages people to eat healthily and lead an active lifestyle.

Among those who took advantage of the offer was Councillor Jim Beall, chair of Stockton’s council’s health and wellbeing board, who took his three-year-old grandson George ice skating.

Councillor Beall said: “It was enormous fun and as I said when I signed up to take part if I can do it having had a hip replacement then most people can.

“The Forum was packed with families and people of all ages enjoying themselves and it was a real pleasure to see.

“Our big hope is that people enjoyed themselves enough to want to come again and judging by the glowing comments we received about the standard of the facilities and activities on offer I’m very optimistic that they will.”

Coun Beall added the council is working hard to encourage people to lead heathier lives and events such as the weekends help to raise awareness of what facilities are available.

Billingham Forum facility manager Roy Broadbent added: “Billingham Forum was proud to host this event. Swimming is a great activity for stamina, suppleness and strength whilst ice-skating is a great calorie burner, increases endurance and provides a great muscle workout especially in the legs, stomach and lower back and they are both a lot of fun.”

Council staff gave out healthy recipe books, water bottles and information about local summer activities.