Rink memories told on video

Cultural services assistant Julie Halliday pictured watching one of the videos that form part of the exhibition.
Cultural services assistant Julie Halliday pictured watching one of the videos that form part of the exhibition.
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NOSTALGIA fans have been enjoying an exhibition of work based on a bygone era linked to an iconic former Hartlepool landmark.

An exhibition called Send Three and Fourpence, based on memories of the town’s Queen Rink ballroom, is running at Hartlepool Art Gallery, in Church Square, until September 1.

More than 7,000 people have seen the exhibition since it opened last month.

Newcastle-based artist Neil Armstrong, hopes his exhibition will be seen in other parts of the country, promoting Hartlepool and the Rink.

Neil, whose father Richard, 86, is originally from Hartlepool, featured in the Mail last year, appealing for former Rink revellers to get in touch with their memories of the former Clarence Road venue.

He recreated scenes from the venue during his Rink Revival project at the Borough Hall, as part of Jubilee celebrations last year, and also got Hartlepool Sixth Form College students to retread the footsteps of Rink patrons on wasteland that now stands on the site of the former entertainment venue.

Video pieces of the memories shared form the exhibition.

Neil said the work is “for and about Hartlepool” and added: “The show takes as its starting point memories of the Rink, but it is much more about how history is made and re-made.”

The exhibition will be showcased at Newcastle’s Toffee Factory in early November.

Neil wrote a 1940s-style song for Hartlepool big band Musicians Unlimited which has now been recorded and is available from the gallery.