Daily life in Hartlepool from 60 years ago

Traffic at Binns Corner is brought to a halt on a busy Saturday by 426 (Durham) Coast Regiment T.A.

Traffic at Binns Corner is brought to a halt on a busy Saturday by 426 (Durham) Coast Regiment T.A.

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Daily life in Hartlepool 60 years ago is the focus of today’s Memory Lane.

“Traffic at Binns Corner is brought to a halt in August 1955 as 426 (Durham) Coast Regiment T.A. march through town in one of the photos,” said Mail archivist Susan Swinney.

Winifred Jackson volunteered to be strapped into a shell and fired across the stage through a 'steel' sheet.

Winifred Jackson volunteered to be strapped into a shell and fired across the stage through a 'steel' sheet.

“In another 18-year-old Winifred Jackson is pictured with the Great Levante in January 1955, after volunteering to be fired through a ‘steel’ sheet at the Empire Theatre, West Hartlepool.”

The third shows iron ore carrier Carola Schulte discharging cargo at Hartlepool Deep Water Berth in 1955, while the last features a fancy dress competition in August 1955.

“Many children dressed as stars, yet the venue was less than glamorous - the civic hut at West View. Despite a downpour, more than 200 took part,” said Susan.

Many children dressed as Hollywood stars for the competition, yet the venue was less than glamorous - the civic hut at West View. Despite a downpour, more than 200 took part.

Susan Swinney, photographic archivist for the Mail.
Not a gathering of Hollywood stars, but one of the fancy dress competitions linked to the Hartlepool Carnival.

Not a gathering of Hollywood stars, but one of the fancy dress competitions linked to the Hartlepool Carnival.

The iron ore carrier Carola Schulte pictured at the Hartlepool Docks Deep Water Berth in 1955.

The iron ore carrier Carola Schulte pictured at the Hartlepool Docks Deep Water Berth in 1955.