Great prize is on track

Pictured with the nameplates are(left to right) Hartlepool Mail editor Joy Yates, Sean English and Michael Gatenby of Grand Central and competition winnerJack Sharp.
Pictured with the nameplates are(left to right) Hartlepool Mail editor Joy Yates, Sean English and Michael Gatenby of Grand Central and competition winnerJack Sharp.

ONE lucky Hartlepool Mail reader will be on the right tracks for a great prize this Christmas.

Grand Central is celebrating its additional service between the North East and London by teaming up with the Mail to display on one of its trains all that is great in the region.

With five daily direct services between Hartlepool and London from December, Grand Central is calling on people in Hartlepool to submit photos of the iconic locations that make the area great.

It could be anything from the Hartlepool Quay to Summerhill Park and the winning images will be used to decorate the interior of the Hart of the North train, which was named by Mail reader Jack Sharp two years ago.

The images will be used to showcase the many reasons for people to travel to the North East.

A picture from one Mail reader will be selected to be featured in the train’s carriage and the winner will receive a return family trip to London on board the train, as well as the chance to attend the unveiling ceremony of the new look train.

The images will be judged by editor Joy Yates and Grand Central and the winning snap will feature alongside four other images from winners across the region.

Sean English, general manager at Grand Central, said: “We are delighted that to extend our service to passengers in the North- East, offering additional chances to travel and greater flexibility. We have a tradition of naming our trains and personalising the interiors and so the Hart of the North train, named by a Mail reader, needed an identity within its carriages to match its name.

“We operate at the heart of the community and so this is a great opportunity to showcase the phenomenal scenery and attractions that the North-East has to offer on board the aptly named Hart of the North train.

“We hope that this will in turn give our passengers from the capital an extra reason to travel up north.”

Entrants can email photographs along with name, age, telephone number and location of the picture to grandcentral@grayling.com using the title header Hartlepool Hart of the North.

Pictures can also be uploaded to the Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/grandcentralrail.

The competition closes on December 20 and winners will be selected by January 10.

A selection of the best images will be uploaded to Grand Central’s Facebook site. By entering entrants agree that their images can be used in marketing and on the trains and that their images are original files owned by the entrant.