A SPECIAL service to commemorate and remember those who have battled against cancer and to celebrate civic life in the town was hailed a “huge success”.
Residents joined current and former councillors, civic leaders from across the region and charity representatives at the annual Civic and Community Celebration Service at St George’s United Reformed Church, in Park Road.
Hartlepool’s ceremonial mayor Stephen Akers-Belcher used the service to raise awareness of his three chosen charities, Macmillan Cancer Support, Pansies Breast Cancer Support Group and The Denise Taylor Cancer Trust.
Coun Akers-Belcher told the Mail: “The service went extremely well, there really was a fantastic atmosphere in the church.
“The main thrust of the service was about raising awareness of the cancer charities and a lot of people were really moved by what was said.”
The Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham Sue Snowdon attended the service in her first visit to Hartlepool. She also gave a reading during the service.
The service was led by civic chaplain Reverend Val Towler and Coun Akers-Belcher used the opportunity to present her with a civic pride award.
He added: “It was a real success and a lot of people waited around to chat afterwards.”