January brings the snow - plus gales and floods...

Robin Hood and his merry men pictured during rehearsals for the play Robin Hood at Blackhall Centre in January 1994.

Robin Hood and his merry men pictured during rehearsals for the play Robin Hood at Blackhall Centre in January 1994.

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Today we welcome in the New Year with old views of Hartlepool.

“I’ve picked out four vintage snaps from Januarys gone by. Sadly, most seem rather bleak,” said Mail photographic archivist Susan Swinney.

Traffic congestion during a downpour in January 1993.

Traffic congestion during a downpour in January 1993.

“Rain, rather than snow, dominates many of the photos. Perhaps the most dramatic is the flooded pitch at Hartlepool United back in 1955.

“But January is also a time for gales and, as the picture of Baltic Street in 1983 shows, the town has certainly suffered its fair share of windy winters.

“Fortunately, at least, I managed to unearth one rather more cheerful shot - featuring actors in the play Robin Hood at Blackhall back in 1994.”

l Do these photos bring back memories? Email your stories of winters past to sarah.stoner@jpress.co.uk

A flooded pitch at Hartlepool United in January 1955.

A flooded pitch at Hartlepool United in January 1955.

Baltic Street pictured in January 1983 following gales and wintery weather.

Baltic Street pictured in January 1983 following gales and wintery weather.