Visitor centre marks milestone with donation

YOU'RE VERY WELCOME: Simon Parsons, Hartlepool station director, with Oliver Duthie, of Holy Trinity school.
YOU'RE VERY WELCOME: Simon Parsons, Hartlepool station director, with Oliver Duthie, of Holy Trinity school.

ONE of Hartlepool’s biggest businesses has celebrated a milestone at its visitor centre.

Pupils from Holy Trinity school became the 10,000th visitors to Hartlepool power station’s visitor centre.

And to mark the significant achievement, power station bosses handed over a cheque to the school for £100. The handover was performed by station director Simon Parsons.

The school group were surprised by Mr Parsons who popped in to chat about life at the station and also to find out if the school had any budding engineers amongst its ranks.

He said: “It is great to see our local schools here at the Visitor Centre and out on site seeing what we do here at Hartlepool power station.”

He has high hopes that some of the junior visitors could take up a career within the nuclear industry.

Mr Parsons added: “I would like to think that, in years to come, some of those who visited today and indeed over the last 18 months or so will be joining our team here as an apprentice or graduate.”

He also talked about the role that the centre has to play and how it was already succeeding.

“The Visitor Centre has become a great attraction for the area, and to get 10,000 visitors in less than 18 months is fantastic.”

Since opening in November 2013 the Visitor Centre has welcome parties from local schools and colleges, as well universities and groups such as scouts and Rotary.

Those visiting the sites are given a behind the scenes tour of Hartlepool power station. One of the aims is for the public to see nuclear power for themselves.

Louise Corser, visitor centre supervisor, said: “The team here at the centre do a great job in talking to our visitors about electricity production and the power station’s role in providing power for the country.

“What we hope is that the youngsters who visit our stations will want to pursue careers in science and engineering in the future.”

The centre has shown the public how Hartlepool was instrumental in producing safe, low-carbon electricity for nearly 2.5 million homes.

The majority of the tours at the site are organised for schools and educational groups, and visitors get an introductory talk about how the station operates, before being given a guided tour of the plant.