A golden Games moment for Ruth

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AN unforgettable experience. That’s how Ruth Lowe remembers her day at the Olympic Games in London.

But it wasn’t just a chance to enjoy some memorable events on the athletics track.

Ruth, from Hartlepool, also got a chance to show her pride in her hometown. She took a copy of the Hartlepool Mail Proud To Be A Poolie poster with her into the Olympic Stadium and her photograph taken proudly holding it high.

Ruth said: “The amazing tickets were a graduation present from my dad. Our seats were right opposite the starting line of the mens 200 metres final.

“It was unbelievable to see David Rudisha get a world record in the 800 metres, and watching Usain Bolt prepare for his race only a few meters away was unforgettable. Thanks Dad!”

And our thanks go to Ruth for raising awareness of her hometown on the biggest stage of all.

Why not take your chance to show your passion about your town?

All we want you to do is pick up a copy of our new poster from the Hartlepool Mail reception or download it from our website at www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk It contains the slogan Proud To Be A Poolie.

Take it with you whenever you go on holiday or go away for a short break.

Have your photograph taken with the poster and send it to us so that we can publish it – and show that you have helped to spread the Hartlepool word.

Send your photos to the Mail newsdesk, Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX, or log on to www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk

● Our Proud To Be A Poolie campaign has so far reached:

AUSTRALIA: Melbourne; Laurieton, New South Wales; Sydney; Queensland; Darwin; Broome; Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine Gorge in the Northern Territory, Australia.

BRAZIL: Sugar Loaf Mountain

CANADA: Langley City; British Columbia, Cochrane, Calgary.

CARIBBEAN: Cayman Islands; Grenada; British Virgin Islands.

CHINA: Hong Kong.

CUBA: Guardalavaca.

CYPRUS: Paphos.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Prague.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Punta Cana.

EGYPT: Sharm el Sheik.

FRANCE: La Rochelle; Cherbourg; Valloire; Paris..

HOLLAND: Amsterdam; Heiloo.

IRELAND: Waterford.

ITALY: St Peter’s Square, Rome; Pisa.

LAOS: Nam Yone Village.

MALDIVES: Kuredu Island.

MAURITIUS.

MOROCCO: Agadir.

NEW ZEALAND: Whangamata Bay, North Island; Hamilton, Waikato.

NORWAY: Oslo.

PORTUGAL: Funchia, Vilamoura.

RUSSIA: St Petgersburg.

SCOTLAND: Gretna Green, Oban

SINGAPORE.

SOUTH AFRICA: Witpoortjie Falls.

SPAIN: Benidorm; Bilbao; La Coruna; Marbella, Canary Islands; Lanzarote, Canary Islands; Belamadena; Torremolinos; Mijas Bullring; Gibraltar.

TUNISIA: Port el Kantaoui

TURKEY: Icmeler; Istanbul; Marmaris.

UK: Bakewell, Derbyshire; Crimdon; London; Derby; Hartlepool Marina; Summerhill, Hartlepool; Northamptonshire; Tonbridge, Kent; Alrewas, Staffordshire, Cadbury’s World, Birmingham, Goathland, North Yorkshire, where Heartbeat TV show is set; Manchester Arena; Liverpool; Billingham; Cragwood, Ramshaw;

USA: Tombstone, Arizona; Las Vegas; New York City; Gracelands, Memphis; The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas, Disney Land; Twin Falls, West Virginia.

UAE: Dubai.