A HISTORIC bronze seal which took pride of place on an imposing welcoming sign before it was stolen last year has been replaced.
Scrap thieves were labelled “a disgrace” after the circular seal, which was the centrepiece of the imposing sign at the side of Northgate, on the Headland, was stolen in December last year.
At the time Hartlepool Borough Council chiefs said they were disappointed that someone would “stoop so low”.
But Headland parish councillors are delighted to finally have a replacement seal in place and as a bonus they were able to get one with the old Hartlepool borough crest on (above).
John Cambridge, 68, a parish councillor who lives on the Headland with wife, Ada, said: “It looks lovely, it’s fantastic to have the replacement in place.
“We couldn’t believe it when it was taken. As we said at the time it’s a disgrace that someone would steal something which reflects the history of Hartlepool and the thieves will have got hardly anything for it.
“It looked awful with nothing in but the new one is exactly the size of the hole which needed filling and we managed to find a plaque with the old borough crest on.
“I think it looks fantastic and it’s excellent to have that added historic element to it.”
The 9ft-high stone structure, in Northgate, has been in place for more than 10 years and represents the gateway to the Headland.
It was lifted into place in the early part of 2002 and was paid for by the North Hartlepool Partnership.
The entrance marker was made after consultation with residents and Headland Town Council and was based on the design of some of the stonework of the historic St Hilda’s Church.
Headland Parish Council funded the replacement seal and the work was carried out by Hartlepool Borough Council.
Hartlepool Headland Local History Group paid for the paintwork.