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An aerial battle for Pools in this 1976 home game with Rochdale.

That’s more like it Pools! The day they won for the first time in the 1976/77 season

It took a while in coming but it was worth the wait.

The Throston Bluebird Juvenile Jazz Band.

Kazoos, batons and the big bass drum - remembering the Hartlepool jazz bands

Who remembers these memorable jazz band moments in Hartlepool?

The plans for the Howbeck Institution - the town's new workhouse built in 1860-61.

Hartlepool’s most famous buildings - take a look at the original plans

Library chiefs have come up with a fantastic new addition to the town’s family tree research capabilities.

Coun Ellett with the rescued budgie.

The bird that stole the show at a Hartlepool council meeting

Council chambers are often filled with lively debate but it’s not usually about budgies.

Jill Gascoigne, left, with Bryan Marshall, also seated, during their interview at English Martyrs.

The day the stars came to English Martyrs

It’s not often you get a VIP visitor to your school lessons.

The deeds are handed over to club secretary Harry Carter, right, by Camerons free trade director Alan Heath.

We remember the end of an era for a Hartlepool social club

They called time on a Hartlepool club after 58 years of trading.

Pools striker John Rowlands wins another powerful header in the air.

Hartlepool went into this 1976 encounterwith four draws and five defeats from their opening nine games. A win was needed – but Cambridge were defiant despite a red card.

Sometimes, a game which starts out as an absolute beauty doesn’t quite finish that way.

Gemma White, pictured in November 1996.

Award-winning dancers of 1990s Hartlepool

We’ve chosen dance for this week’s RetroMail spread.

The mine closures had a devastating impact on North East communities.

On this day in 1992, 31,000 miners lost their jobs at the stroke of a pen

It has been exactly 24 years since the British coal mining industry was dealt a heavy blow when the Government announced the closure of 31 out of 50 deep coal mines across the country.

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Beamish Museum Director, Richard Evans celebrates with Babycham at a street party set in the 1950s being held at Beamish Museum, County Durham.

Beamish to rock back to ‘50s after winning £10million lottery grant

Beamish will be rocking back the clock to the 1950s after securing a £10.9million grant to create a major new attraction at the County Durham museum.

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Mike McLeod comes home in first place at the Hartlepool Half Marathon.

Remember when Hartlepool had its own half marathon? It’s 35 years ago and here’s a reminder

Who remembers the first ever organised fun run to be held in Hartlepool.

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Another proud finisher.

Binns remnant day in Hartlepool - and Kojak on the telly

While runners were pounding the streets of Hartlepool, there was lots of alternative entertainment for the people of the town.

The Hart Family from Hartlepool promoting their new 1976 album.

The Hartlepool band Hart Family which was a 70s hit - and the town hospital they mentioned in their album

Who remembers the Hart Family - the Hartlepool band which hit the headlines in the 1970s.

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Aileen Jones.

The Hartlepool checkout operator who was champion of the North

No-one likes waiting for long in a supermarket checkout queue.

Some of the Blue Bells crew.

Were you part of the 1970s Raft Race fun in Hartlepool

In October 1979, a sporting event with a difference pulled in the crowds as well as the entries in Hartlepool.

Dave Willingham from the Hartlepool band Candy Ranch.

Who are these musical Hartlepool and East Durham people from the 1990s?

We’ve got a 1990s entertainment theme for this week’s Retro Mail selection.

Joe at work in 1982.

Swapping Hartlepool for the Perth sunshine - and loving it

We recently began the story of Joe Richmond.

The ship, as pictured in our report on the tragedy in 1979.

The ship tragedy which hit Hartlepool families hard

It’s 110 years since a ship with tragic links to Hartlepool first took to the water.

Our 1960 story on Mrs G - Lila Gilfoyle.

The Hartlepool landlady who had her own pub choir

She was the genial host who was held in such high regard, she attracted a regular choir to her pub.

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