POOLIE Mick Black was beaming with pride as he shouted about his home town at one of the biggest sporting events in the world – and even got some ‘Royal’ approval.
Mick, from Seaton Carew, showed off one of the Hartlepool Mail’s Proud to be a Poolie poster in front of thousands of cricket fans and millions of TV viewers on the day England retained the Ashes in Australia.
And as our picture shows, her majesty was also keen to get her face in the Mail!
He was spotted in the crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground waving the poster and wearing his Hartlepool United shirt by fellow Hartlepudlian, former DJ Paul “Goffy” Gough.
Goffy, who now runs Hartlepool PR company Goffy Media, is enjoying a two month summer tour of Oz.
He said: “I had never met Mick before until we bumped into each other on the morning of the historic England Ashes victory at the MCG in Melbourne.
“Their was something about the shirt he was wearing that made me instantly think ‘this bloke will be good craic’.
“When he spotted me he said ‘Goffy I want my picture taken with the Queen and get me a Proud to be a Poolie Mail poster to send back home to my mates in the Pool!
“Mick’s expression says everything. It is a snap of total happiness.”
Mick was in Oz and had been watching the Ashes unfold on TV but decided could not miss out on the chance to see England in action and quickly booked a flight for the Melbourne Cricket Ground where he sang his heart out with the rest of the travelling Barmy Army.
Victory in the fourth Test in Melbourne saw England retain the urn for the first time in 24 years,
Our thanks go to Mick and Paul for backing our poster campaign.
If you proud to be from Hartlepool and want to shout out about the town no matter where you are, make sure you grab one of our posters and take it with you whenever you go on holiday or 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.
So far the poster has been displayed in Benidorm, Portugal and Laos in the Far East.
Posters can be got from the Hartlepool Mail reception or downloaded from our website www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk
Send your photos to the Mail newsdesk, Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.