David says ‘G’Day’ to his town relatives

Ex-pat Hartlepudlians David Newton Mayes and his wife Mary (front) with David's brothers Denis (left) and Frank, and Frank's wife, Jean.
Ex-pat Hartlepudlians David Newton Mayes and his wife Mary (front) with David's brothers Denis (left) and Frank, and Frank's wife, Jean.

A HARTLEPOOL ex-pat said G’Day to his family when he travelled more than 10,000 miles to visit relatives.

David Mayes and his wife Mary flew from their home in Acacia Ridge, near Brisbane in Australia, to see family in Hartlepool.

The couple stayed with David’s brother Frank, 69, and wife Jean in Macaulay Road during their five-day stay in town.

The 72-year-old former Galleys Field School pupil, who left the school in 1956, emigrated in 1972. The couple were last in town in 2006.

David also got to see his other brother Denis, 66, who travelled from his home in Stockton.

Retired business consultant David said: “We had a fabulous time, it was more like Queensland weather on the Sunday. It was great to link up with the family.”

The couple are in England for 14 weeks and have already visited the south of the country. They were off to Sunderland yesterday to visit Mary’s relatives.

He said he visited places including the Headland Heritage Festival, Summerhill, the marina and Seaton Carew and enjoyed how the town is “more orientated towards visitors now”.

The brothers grew up in Alliance Street, on the Headland, and their parents were Frank and Lilian Mayes (nee Newton).

David appeared in the Hartlepool Mail in October 1981 with Mary and their sons, Andrew, Phillip and Anthony, when they travelled back to the town for a visit.

In the article, David, whose first book, The Continuum Chronicles: Of Death and Destiny, has just been published, said it was more expensive to live in Hartlepool than in Oz.