A year to enjoy and remember

World champion boxer Savannah Marshall
World champion boxer Savannah Marshall

TODAY marks the start of Local Newspaper Week 2012.

THE saying goes that anywhere you go in the world you are likely to bump into a Poolie.

Don’t just take our word for it.

You will find evidence in your Hartlepool Mail virtually every week.

From Bakewell to Brazil and Tonbridge to Tombstone, you have done your home town proud by promoting it for our Proud to be a Poolie campaign.

Scores of you have packed our posters away with you for your break or day out and then sent pictures to us for publication.

That’s not forgetting contributions from ex-pats living across the globe.

With the summer holiday season almost upon us, now is the perfect opportunity to join Proud To Be A Poolie’s legion of followers.

You can help spread the message by obtaining a poster from our Wesley Square offices or by downloading a copy from our www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk website.

Photos can then be posted to the Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX or emailed to mail.news@northeast-press.co.uk.

n PRIDE AWARDS

A SOLDIER ignoring his own wounds to drag an injured colleague to safety.

Security guards reacting instantly to revive a stricken pensioner in Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

A teenager saving the life of a fellow student who collapsed in a busy street.

These are just some of the achievements highlighted at this year’s Hartlepool Mail Pride of Hartlepool Awards.

The awards asked our readers to tell us about worthy candidates from across town who had displayed pride, purpose, courage or compassion.

You did not disappoint us with a host of nominations for March’s ceremony and businesses only too keen to sponsor individual prizes.

Run in association with waste management specialist Niramax, the occasion was an emotional and jubilant celebration of all that is good about Hartlepool.

We are sure there will be more of the same when next year’s awards come around.

n DIAMOND JUBILEE

WHO said we are not a patriotic lot any more?

You would not have thought so given the number of celebrations already planned for next month’s extended bank holiday weekend to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee campaign has kept readers up to date all year with what is happening locally and dozens of you have taken advantage of grants publicised in the Mail.

We are sure there will be plenty more get-togethers held across Hartlepool that we don’t already know about or which have still to be organised.

But remember to contact us as soon as you know what is happening and when.

Our photographers and reporters will be attending as many parties as possible between Saturday, June 2, and Tuesday, June 5.

The earlier we know about your occasion then the more chance we have of getting there.

Even then we will still have room for the best of your own pictures.

So make a note of our mail.news@northeast-press.co.uk email address and help us to publish a permanent memory of your neighbourhood’s big day.

RACE FOR FITNESS 2012

HOT on the heels literally of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations comes one of the biggest days in Hartlepool’s calendar this year.

Thousands of people are expected to line the town’s streets on Sunday, June 17, when the Olympic torch passes through our streets on its way to the London Games’ opening ceremony on July 27.

The Mail will be there to cover the occasion and has been striving since the start of the year to use it to Hartlepool’s long-term benefit.

We want 2,012 people to sign up to a pledge to improve their fitness by the time the Games start.

Along the way your efforts could well help others by raising vital funds for charity.

But you do not have to run a marathon.

Your contribution could be to quit smoking, reduce your alcohol intake or go on a diet.

With both companies and individuals already on board, including world champion and Olympic hopeful Savannah Marshall, we are well on our way to achieving our 2,012 goal.

Why not help us reach our magic number by emailing your contribution to chris.cordner@northeast-press.co.uk or by calling Chris Cordner at (01429) 239377?

n BEST OF HEALTH

THOUSANDS of people work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep us in the best of health.

The annual Hartlepool Mail Best of Health Awards allow readers to tell us who those unsung heroes are so that we can highlight their achievements at a glittering awards evening.

Our 11 categories cover every aspect of health care and take in doctors, nurses, GP and dental practices, opticians, hospital teams, community workers and carers.

As with our Pride Awards, a range of respected sponsors have been only too keen to back individual prizes.

There is also still time to nominate people for this year’s awards.

Entry forms will appear regularly in the Mail up until the competition’s closing date of Sunday, June 3.

Copies can also be found online by logging on to our www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk website and following the Best of Health Awards link.

Further information is also available from Paul Watson at the Mail on (01429) 239361.

n WORK IN PROGRESS

BUSINESS is doing its best to show Hartlepool’s fighting spirit and there are plenty of success stories to glorify in these difficult economic times.

Earlier this month, for instance, the town’s Tata Steel plant won a £100m pipe contract to protect its 700-strong workforce.

The Mail-backed Hartlepool Business Awards were held only last week and a 12-page supplement in tomorrow’s paper will celebrate the achievements of companies new and old.

But there is no doubt that life is tough for many jobseekers.

Our Work in Progress campaign supports the efforts of individuals to find work by highlighting their skills and contact details.

Employment experts have also offered a wealth of advice to help people back into work.

Launched only in January, Work in Progress has already attracted nationwide recognition in the House of Commons after reporter Tracy Walker was nominated for a prestigious award.

We are not resting on our laurels, however, and if you think we can help you back into work then why not contact us?

Click on the news section of our www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk website and then our Work in Progress sub-section to read about our work so far.

Then give our newsdesk a ring on (01429) 239380.

n MEMORY LANE: FAMILY ROOTS

ONE of the most popular columns in your Mail is our daily Memory Lane column.

There are so many of your stories to cram in that we have even introduced a second instalment on Tuesdays.

Family Roots reflects the growing interest in genealogy and allows readers to outline their queries in the hope that others can fill in the gaps.

Among our successes have been introducing two people to each other who were researching the same ancestors and did not realise they were related.

Our column has also sparked an upsurge in the average number of people visiting the weekly Trace Your Ancestors meeting at Hartlepool Central Library from five to 30.

Memory Lane will soon launch another column on our www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk website when we begin reproducing front pages from our past online.

In the meantime you can contact Chris Cordner with your Family Roots stories on (01429) 239377.

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l TOMORROW: How the Mail works with schools and colleges to celebrate their achievements.