Sun’s out – but Santa’s on the way!

Wayne and Leanne Green from the Bishop Cuthbert Estate in Ward Jackson Park with son Zak, two
Wayne and Leanne Green from the Bishop Cuthbert Estate in Ward Jackson Park with son Zak, two

HUNDREDS of residents baked in the October sun as Hartlepool scorched again on Saturday – but the mini heatwave quickly came to an end with miserable rain yesterday.

Town sunspots were packed as residents welcomed the weekend with temperatures soaring into the high 70s yet again after a glorious week of weather.

Back row from left, Joanne Wells, Jackie Tadeo and Joanne Tweddle of Asda. Front row from left, Claire Walker, Victoria Liddle and Rebecca Simpson of Red Dreams

Back row from left, Joanne Wells, Jackie Tadeo and Joanne Tweddle of Asda. Front row from left, Claire Walker, Victoria Liddle and Rebecca Simpson of Red Dreams

But while thermometers were peaking at record-breaking levels for October, supermarket shoppers had to look twice as a town performing group broke into a rendition of Christmas carols.

Staff at Asda, in Marina Way, Hartlepool, spent the glorious day advertising their Christmas saving scheme and were helped out by members of Red Dreams Charity, who were raising money during a day of bag packing.

The talented bunch took a break from the tills and showed off their skills with a host of popular Christmas carols.

“It definitely felt a little bit strange singing Christmas carols with the sun and the heat, but we were just trying to help the staff out,” said Red Dreams member Victoria Liddle, 15, a student at Manor College of Technology who lives in the town’s Owton Manor Lane.

“We were getting a few looks off people who were walking past and obviously didn’t expect to hear Christmas songs.”

Meanwhile, residents made the most of the blazing sun and enjoyed a day out at popular spots throughout the town.

Hundreds made their way to the beaches at the Headland and Seaton Carew where they spent the day.

Families played bat and ball games and enjoyed dips in the sea, a rarity for an October day.

Ward Jackson Park also proved a popular choice.

Youngsters enjoyed a kick-about and played with frisbees while couples took a walk around the park’s lake.

Anyone who was planning a similar day yesterday however had to re-think their plans.

Grey clouds refused to budge and the rain stopped and started throughout the day.

Meanwhile, police said the hot weather was the reason for “an unusually high number of calls” over the weekend.

The majority of the complaints were linked with anti-social behaviour and youngsters hanging around on the streets.

Inspector Mick Brown, of Hartlepool Police, said: “We would just ask parents to make sure they know where their children are, and what they are doing.

“We did have a lot of calls over the weekend, especially on Saturday evening. It wasn’t bad natured, just a lot of people in high spirits.

“A lot of the complaints were about youngsters and we just want parents to be sure of what their youngsters are doing on an evening.”