KIND-HEARTED magistrates swapped the court bench for guided walks and a tea dance to raise money for charity.
Hartlepool Magistrates’ Association has donated £700 to Hartlepool & District Hospice.
The donation coincided with the 650th anniversary of the magistrates’ service and the group donated £650 to the Wells Avenue-based facility.
This was topped up by £50 which was pledged by the Sexy 60s and the Garrows teams during the pub quiz.
As part of the anniversary celebrations, the magistrates also organised two guided walks, which raised £54 and were led by town historian Steve Robbins on the Headland and in Church Street.
A tea dance, which was held at the Grand Hotel in Swainson Street and featured The Rockaholics, raised £243.
Also as part of the commemorations, the magistrates organised a display at Hartlepool Central Library, in York Road, which featured a timeline of events in the judiciary from 1361 to the present and a local history of the courts, as featured in the Mail earlier this month.
The celebrations culminated with a quiz night at Hartlepool Cricket Club, which raised £533.
Magistrate Keith Gorton, a former association chairman, said: “I would like to thank everybody who made the 650th anniversary celebrations a success, including John Jenkins, Margaret Wells and Maureen Davison. “Without them the tea dance and quiz may not have been the success they were.”
Mr Gorton also thanked Sian Jones, Alan Bell and Geoff Morley for their help and town-based firm Clockworks for creating the quiz night trophy.
The hospice’s event and community facilitator, Greg Hildreth, said: “I’d very much like to express our sincere thanks for the kind support from the Hartlepool magistrates for raising this fantastic amount.
“It was a pleasure to meet a number of the group and hear about how the money was raised.
“The money will all be used to support our patients and without donations such as this, we would not be able to offer these care services to our community.
“I’d like to congratulate the magistrates on celebrating their 650th Anniversary and wish them every success in the future.”
The magistrates donated the remaining £130 to the Magistrates’ Association Charity, which supports good causes.