Solicitor who lifted the lid off town

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ONE of the authors of Hartlepool With The Lid Off , the controversial play featured in last week’s Memory Lane, has been in touch with his memories of the furore.

Trevor Smith said: “Great to see the piece – it brought back many happy memories, though it’s a little scary to think it was 40 years ago.”

Trevor said co-author Adrian Bjorkeroth and himself were great pals and former Hartlepool Grammar School pupils.

“We had just graduated from our respective universities and I think we had some time to fill in the lazy summer months of 1973.

“The plot was hatched in the old Labour Club in Park Road and probably other licensed premises!”

Trevor, who went on to become a solicitor in Newcastle, where he practiced for 37 years until his semi retirement almost two years ago, recalled: “Things got a lot more controversial than we could ever have imagined with one local Tory councillor turning up at my parents’ home in Seaton Carew and banging on the door.

“He may also have been to Adrian’s parents’ house and stood on the doorstep shouting the odds – as Adrian’s mother memorably said ‘he wouldn’t come in and he wouldn’t go away’.

“There were also, I recall, threats of legal action – in particular about certain sections of the play and a great debate about whether to remove them or not.

“I cannot remember whether we did or not – I hope not!”

Trevor said Adrian, who went on to be a distinguished teacher of music, drama and English, sadly died some years ago.

He said: “I retain fond memories of an unforgettable guy and a good friend.”

Trevor now lives in Durham City but visits regularly as his parents and brother still live in the town and he is a Hartlepool United season ticket holder.

Thanks for the memories, Trevor.