IN PICTURES: Book portrays Hartlepool Through The Ages

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A FASCINATING book filled with reminders of Hartlepool over the decades has gone on sale.

The hard work of Paul Chrystal and Stan Laundon has led to the production of Hartlepool Through The Ages, which is a 98-page book.

Looking over the Town Wall in Hartlepool.

Looking over the Town Wall in Hartlepool.

Stan’s photographs have been combined with Paul’s words to produce the book, which is described as “a warm and colourful celebration of a warm and colourful town, past and present”.

Paul said: “I do it because I want people to be exposed to as many old images of the town as possible, otherwise they don’t know about it and they never see it.”

The evocative images show scenes such as fishermen loading pots, the Town Wall, The Old Ferry and Hartlepools Hospital.

It also includes a photograph from Empire Day and a reminder of The Tall Ships Races.

The steelworks, Church Street, people queueing for coke and the fire at the match factory are also included.

And they all come with more recent images of Hartlepool to use as a comparison.

Paul added: “I lived in Hartlepool for ten years and there is a real history there.”

Stan said: “I’ve always liked photography but, while I was working, I didn’t really have the time to indulge my interest.

“It was only when I returned from Spain in 2007 that I got the chance, bought the cameras and lenses, and really started to enjoy the process of photography.

“Probably my favourite subject would be night photography – but I also have an interest in steam engines and ships.”

Hartlepool Through The Ages costs £14.99. It has been produced by Amberley Publishing and is available from WH Smith in Hartlepool.