Five stars for cafe

Maria Harrison
Maria Harrison

CAFE staff are celebrating after getting top marks for hygiene for the fourth year running.

The Place in the Park Cafe was given five stars again after health inspectors visited the Hartlepool site.

The Tees Valley Food Hygiene Award, which is a scheme run by councils across the Teesside area, including in Hartlepool, rates how well eateries look after their food and customers.

Maria Harrison, who has run the cafe, in Ward Jackson Park, in Hartlepool, for the last four years, said: “I suppose we must be doing something right as the lady that came from the council said it is rare for somewhere to get five stars two years in a row, and this is our fourth.

“I’m pleased for the girls as they do a really good job and work very hard. They deserve it as they take a lot of pride in what they do.

“The award covers all sorts of categories from management to the state of the building, so I am really pleased.”

Maria is now looking forward to Sunday when hundreds of children are set to flock to the park.

Popular children’s TV character Mr Bloom is doing five shows in a big tent while there will be a host of nature-themed activities on offer for those aged seven and under.

It has been organised by the Friends of Ward Jackson Park group and the BBC.

Entry to the tent shows are ticket only but anyone can take part in the fun happening around the rest of the park.

Maria added: “Hopefully we get a sunny day and everyone enjoys what is sure to be a very popular event for the town.”