What the butler saw in Hartlepool back in the 1950s...

What the butler saw - a peep show at Seaton's amusement arcade.
What the butler saw - a peep show at Seaton's amusement arcade.

All the fun of the fair at Seaton Carew during the 1950s is the focus of today’s Memory Lane.

Photos taken from the book Hartlepool Through the Ages, by Paul Chrystal and Stan Laundon, give a glimpse of Hartlepool’s fun-filled past.

The Lollie Van and the Dove-Cote Diploma ice-cream van pictured with owner Ken Tyzack and employee Stan Prestige in the 1950s.

The Lollie Van and the Dove-Cote Diploma ice-cream van pictured with owner Ken Tyzack and employee Stan Prestige in the 1950s.

“The book is a warm and colourful celebration of a warm and colourful town - past and present,” said Paul.

Most of the shots feature businesses owned by Ken Tyzack, including the Dove-Cote Diploma ice cream van, amusement arcade and fairground rides.

But there is also a rare scene of Seaton taken from North Gare, showing the pleasure beach, bathing huts and fair.

“It was Britain’s answer to Coney Island in the 1950s – but sadly it is no more,” said Paul.

Seaton Carew was Britain’s answer to Coney Island in the 1950s - but sadly it is no more,

Paul Chrystal, co-author of the book Hartlepool Through the Ages.

l Hartlepool Through the Ages is published by Amberley Books at £14.99.

The "Canny Kiddies Rocket" ride at Seaton.

The "Canny Kiddies Rocket" ride at Seaton.

Seaton taken from North Gare.

Seaton taken from North Gare.