REGARDING the retirement of George Kelly photograph (Memory Lane, January 22), this was sent to me by a relative from Hartlepool.
I have great memories of Hartlepool and Clifton Street where my grandparents lived.
My dad came down here for work in 1936 but every year my mum took me to Hartlepool for all the school holidays.
I spent most of the time playing on the sands with my cousins.
My grandparents’ house was opposite a railway, not there now, and we used to watch the train in the morning that took the workers to the Cerebos factory.
They would wave to us as it passed.
I remember walking sometimes to the Central Marine to meet my granddad when it was his time to come home.
What a difference today with the docks gone. I wonder what he would think about the place as it is now, with the Marina and the surrounding area.
I have so many memories of Old Hartlepool and my granddad, who we called ‘Pop’ Kelly.
I can still picture him sitting by the range smoking his pipe.
I was sad that they demolished the houses in Clifton Street and also Throston Bridge.
I was thrilled to see the picture of Pop Kelly in the Mail.
Thank you for the memory of him and Hartlepool as it used to be.