Victory Square campaign a success

Friends of Victory Square member Martin Sharp with Hartlepool Borough Council property manager Albert Williams(right) during the event in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre
Friends of Victory Square member Martin Sharp with Hartlepool Borough Council property manager Albert Williams(right) during the event in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre

CAMPAIGNERS say they are pleased with the interest people are showing in a bid to protect a war memorial.

A campaign has been launched aimed at protecting and educating people on the importance of Hartlepool’s War memorial, in Victory Square.

It has seen a string of events being held, including putting information highlighting the history of the memorial on show in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

The Friends of Victory Square group teamed up with the shopping centre in a bid to raise awareness about the significance of the memorial.

Group leaders were delighted with the outcome and said town residents showed real interest in the memorial.

Peter Gowland, project officer for Hartlepool Voluntary Development Association (HVDA), who helped to form the group, said: “We set the display up in the town centre and we were really pleased with the attendances.

“It’s fantastic that the people of the town show such an interest in a memorial which means something to us all.”

The memorial, off Victoria Road in the centre of Hartlepool, is a permanent reminder of the town’s men and women who died in wartime.

It was launched by town man Martin Sharp, 52, amid concerns about people dropping litter, drinking, playing football and skateboarding on the memorial.

It is against the law to skateboard in Victory Square, to play ball games or to drink alcohol and the maximum penalty is a £500 fine.

Mr Gowland added: “Although the group was set up for observation and enforcement, we are trying our best to raise awareness of what the memorial means.

“The response we have received has been brilliant, things do seem to be happening very quickly.

“We want to keep going and build on this now, if we can carry it in to schools or colleges and educate young people then that will be fantastic, that’s the aim.”

For more information, call Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency (HVDA), which is supporting the group, on (01429) 262641.