Stockton mayor delighted to officially announce opening of sensory play area The mayor of Stockton, Councillor Ken Dixon, has officially opened the new sensory play area designed for the families who use the services of the autism charity Daisy Chain. Cutting the ribbon to mark the occasion (Saturday 17th December) he said, “It is wonderful to see such a fantastic new facility in Stockton that, I am sure, will prove invaluable to the families who rely on the support services provided by Daisy Chain.” After his remarks the area was officially opened for the families who were at Calf Fallow Farm, the home of the charity, for an activities day. As the youngsters took advantage of using the equipment for the first time all the parents on hand agreed that it was going to be a very popular facility – all year round. “We are grateful that the mayor was able to come along today, so close to Christmas, to carry out the official opening,” said Judith Haysmore, Daisy Chain chief executive. “It set the seal on a long round of fundraising by our supporters.” The new area has cost £146,000 to construct and was only possible thanks to the backing of a number of local businesses including Cummins and law firm Punch Robson.