‘Investment in business would help’ – Hartlepool issues at centre of BBC 5 Live broadcasts

Alan Wright (right) being interviewed by Nick Garnett of BBC Radio 5 Live programme on Hartlepool Headland this morning
Alan Wright (right) being interviewed by Nick Garnett of BBC Radio 5 Live programme on Hartlepool Headland this morning

The nation turned its ears to Hartlepool and found out how it’s a town with plenty to shout about.

Broadcasters from BBC 5live have been in Hartlepool today in areas such as the Headland and the town centre on a series of interviews, where they covered everything from the EU to the Queens Speech.

A bit of investment in business would help, if money was put back into the pot

Alan Wright, Hartlepool Mail columnist

But town dignitaries also saw it as a chance to promote Hartlepool and play up its strengths.

Hartlepool Mail columnist Alan Wright was one of those to face the microphone with the backdrop of the Headland and the Town Wall. He said he highlighted Hartlepool’s industrial strength and the standard of its emerging companies.

He talked about the need for financial backing for companies to achieve their full potential. Mr Wright added: “A bit of investment in business would help, if money was put back into the pot.”

Mr Wright also gave 5live officials a copy of the programme from the recent Mail-backed Hartlepool Business Awards to show the strength, innovation and diversity of town entrepreneurs.

5live officials chose Hartlepool because of the town’s high UKIP vote at the General Election.

The party’s representatives Philip Broughton polled more than 11,000 votes in the constituency to finish around 3,000 votes behind returned Labour candidate Iain Wright.

Nick Garnett, the North of England correspondent for BBC 5live, came to town to co-ordinate the broadcasts and said his aim had been to get a cross section of Hartlepool opinion in everything from farming to fishing, and construction.

The station also planned to do vox pops to gauge the views of town residents on important issues.

“We are taking as many different views and opinions as possible,” added Nick

He hoped to get an idea of whether the people of Hartlepool were keen on having a referendum on the EU.