Flying the flag – and the poster

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A PROUD contingent from Hartlepool have spread the word about their hometown at one of the most important remembrance events in the country.

A delegation from the Hartlepool branch of the Royal Artillery Association attended the Royal Artillery Service of Remembrance held at the National Arboretum, in Alrewas, Staffordshire.

They joined dozens of other associations for the event earlier this month which recognises the role that gunners have played in the defence of their country.

Senior officers attended the event which included a parade of standards, a church service and a wreath laying service.

But the visit also gave the Hartlepool branch members a chance to promote their hometown. They took a copy of the Hartlepool Mail Proud To Be A Poolie poster with them.

Tug Wilson, who is the Queens Colours Standard Bearer and a Hartlepool branch member, said all the delegation were proud of the town they come from.

“We are always talking about what Hartlepool is good for, what it has done and what it has achieved such as the marina.”

He said they were also planning to take a copy of the poster to the annual parade and service on Sunday, September 11, at Eden Camp in Malton, North Yorkshire.

Our thanks go to them for spreading the word.

Why not take your chance to show your passion about your town?

All we want you to do is pick up a copy of our poster from the Hartlepool Mail reception or download it from It contains the slogan Proud To Be A Poolie.

Take it with you whenever you go on holiday or go away for a short break.

Have your photograph taken with the poster and send it to us so that we can publish it – and show that you have helped to spread the Hartlepool word.

Send your photos – as well as details including age, address, telephone number and email – to the Mail newsdesk, Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX, or log onto