Chuffed Stephen wins photography contest

Stephen McPartlin's winning photo
Stephen McPartlin's winning photo

A KEEN photographer from Hartlepool has won a Mail-backed competition to help decorate a train.

Stephen McPartlin, 58, has been selected as our winner of Grand Central’s Hart of the North photography competition.

Stephen submitted a picture of The Tall Ships Races which came to town in 2010.

His winning picture will feature inside the carriages of Grand Central’s Hart of the North train from early spring, alongside images submitted from four other winners across the region.

The competition was held to celebrate its additional service between the North-East and London. Grand Central called on the Mail’s readers to submit their images that best reflect all that is great about the region.

Stephen was selected as the winner by Mail editor Joy Yates and representatives from Grand Central.

The rail firm’s general manager, Sean English, said: “Grand Central operates at the heart of the community and we are delighted that we can involve people in the North-East in the celebration of our additional service to London, which will provide passengers with greater flexibility.

“We received many wonderful images that really showcase the best of the region, but this image was particularly noticeable.

“We have a tradition of naming our trains and personalising the interiors.

“So the Hart of the North train, named by a Mail reader, needed an identity within its carriages to match its name.

“We’re delighted that our train will now unveil the phenomenal scenery and attractions the North-East has to offer.

“It not only gives those living within the region something to be proud of, but also highlights the North-East as a great destination to passengers from the south.”

Stephen said: “I am delighted that my image has been chosen to feature on the Hart of the North train.

“I am really proud to live in Hartlepool and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help reflect all that is great in the North-East.”

Stephen will receive a family return trip to London on board the train, as well as the chance to be part of the unveiling ceremony of the new-look carriages, along with other winners from the region.