Christmas memories for Keith

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CHRISTMAS memories came flooding back for a Hartlepool Mail reader when we asked for photographs of the festive season in decades gone by.

The Hartlepool Mail has launched a brand new series called Past Christmas.

In it, we’re asking readers to submit their photos from Christmases through the decades and Keith Fisher was first to respond.

This scene shows his son Michael Geoffrey on Christmas Day in 1979, proudly sittng astride his new bike.

Keith told us how Michael’s childhood gift led to him becoming a lifelong follower of motor biking.

Keith added: “Here is a Christmas Day pic from our lounge in 1979. Our son was Christened Michael Geoffrey after Mike Hailwood and Geoff Duke. It is fair to assume then that he was expected to ride motorcycles !

“He duly lived up to that great expectation and having obtained a full competition licence at the minimum age of six years he competed in about 80 formal ACU events every year.”

The Christmas gift led to Michael riding in a BBC competition called Kickstart, and reaching a competitive level where he got “a full sponsorship contract with Shell Oils,” said Keith.

“It is fair to say then that this particular Christmas morning present was his first of many machines and became a life long commitment.”

Our thanks gon to Keith for a wonderful reminder of a Christmas gone by.

But we want to hear from more readers and the images they have taken in past festive seasons.

It could be the time when you captured a photograph of your loved ones opening their presents, their eyes filled with awe?

Or the scenes from Christmas Eve as children tried to sneak a cheeky look at their gifts before Santa has come.

It could be mum cooking the Christmas turkey or granddad asleep in front of the television after his festive lunch.

Or it could be a family raising a toast of festive cheer at Christmas.

All we want is for you to send in your images from festive seasons gone by.

Together, we are hoping to build a record of Christmas through the decades, from as far back as possible.

So come on, let’s build a festive collection of photographs together.

l Send your Christmas scenes to Chris Cordner. Give them a title of Past Christmas and send them to Chris Cordner either via email to, or post them to Chris Cordner, Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX.