When Santa got stuck up the Hartlepool chimney

While Pools were doing their bit in 1995, Britain was getting ready to enjoy the festivities.

Student nurses of Hartlepools Hospital who toured the wards singing carols.

Dan Dare costumes, egg flip tipples and getting up at 5am - Christmas Day in 1955 Hartlepool

Festive traditions may change down the years but they’re always heartwarming.

Eileen Fallow and the children of Hesleden Primary School at the festival launch in 2004.

The true meaning of Christmas for these awestruck children

The true meaning of Christmas was being celebrated at the first ever holding of an event in a village church near Hartlepool.

An excerpt from a Chipper Club page.

Uncle George and Chipper brought back lots of memories

Who remembers the Chipper Club, we asked.

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Nigel Walker slides the ball past Barry Siddall.

Linighan attracted the scouts eye - but another local lad shone in this 1985 Pools triumph

Oh for a hatful more goals!

Sabre the pedigree Collie gets a new home in 1985.

The Hartlepool dog that collected money for charity

Who remembers Sabre the dog - the Hartlepool collie who was a popular face around town when his owner collected money for charity.

They're battling for position at the start of another race.

Super stock car memories from Hartlepool Mail readers

Love it or hate it, you all had evocative memories of the old stock car racing stadium in Hartlepool.

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Packing out the Stadium of Light in blue and white.

The magic of the FA Cup - and a cracker of an atmosphere

Nine thousand Hartlepool fans sang themselves hoarse on the day they followed their team to the Stadium of Light.

Dan Murray, centre, with his fellow shortlisted Santa candidates in 1985.

When a ho-ho-hopeful won a job with a grotto and clothes allowance

Christmas is looming ever closer and that means a chance to look back at the build-up to the big day through the decades.

William Peters on his wedding day.

The man who had his Mail delivered to Libya

William Peters loved his Northern Daily Mail so much he had it delivered - to the Libyan desert.

Betty and Thelma on their 1985 visit to Hartlepool.

She didn’t bring her hotpot but Betty did bring Mavis Riley on her visit to hartlepool

Christmas was coming and so were two stars of Corrie.

David Clegg who starred for Pools.

So close to Cup glory for Pools

Hartlepool United’s cup journey resumes soon when Pools travel to Port Vale.

The old Hartlepool bus station.

Hartlepool bus conductor memories are just the ticket

Cracking reminders of conductors, conductresses and clippies were given to us by Hartlepool Mail readers.

Were you one of the children watching on that special day?

Where were you on the day when Warrior left Hartlepool

In Hartlepool’s rich maritime history, there were few finer sights than the massive and majestic HMS Warrior.

The original plan for the station.

Hartlepool public building came with its own foot warmer

It had its own facility for foot warmers and separate waiting areas for men and women.

A bygone scene from Hartlepool docks.

Mystery and intrigue with a Hartlepool twist

An author has combined fact with fiction to create a new book about the life of a seaman.

Seaton Holme which is the topic of Eileen Hoppers new book.

What links Alice in Wonderland and the Royal family? A Sunderland-born author found out

It has links to Alice in Wonderland, the Queen and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

The West End cinema.

Grease is the word for Mail readers’ movie memories

From the Odeon to the Forum and the Essoldo to the Empire - you loved the good old days of the picture house.

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How the Mail reported the 1967 match.

Five-goal thriller with Pools on top

Form is a wonderful thing and Pools had plenty of it.

Who are these creative youngsters having fun at Ward Jackson Park?

The day we held The Tall Ships Races - in mini version!

Would you believe it. Six years have passed since we welcomed dozens of majestics tall ships to Hartlepool.

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