COUNCIL chiefs have signed a new sponsorship deal with a Hartlepool firm to secure the future of major events – including the annual fireworks display – for the next three years.
Hartlepool Borough Council has secured the deal with waste management company Niramax which specialises in recycling commercial, industrial, local authority and household waste.
Niramax will contribute £25,000 for the next three years to support events including the fireworks display at Seaton Carew and the Christmas lights switch-on in Church Square.
The fireworks display, in particular, attracts thousands of people to the seafront every November, but the display could have been axed had it not been for the new sponsorship deal.
Senior councillors have welcomed the news, while officials at the firm say it will help build on existing “good links”.
The sponsorship package will also result in Niramax supporting the council’s cultural and arts programme including exhibitions at Hartlepool Art Gallery, in Church Square, initiatives at the Museum of Hartlepool and Town Hall theatre events.
As part of the deal, the company has also funded essential restoration work to one of the town’s most iconic paintings – the Bombardment of the Hartlepools which was painted by local artist James Clark in 1915.
Labour councillor Kevin Cranney, vice-chairman of the council’s regeneration services committee, said: “The council is extremely grateful to Niramax for their support, and without it we simply would not be able to hold many of these key events due to the huge funding cuts.
“Niramax is one of the largest independent service providers for recycling and waste management in the North of England, and it’s fantastic that they are based in Hartlepool, creating much-needed jobs and investment, boosting the local economy.
“We look forward to working with Niramax on this important sponsorship package. But the real beneficiaries are going to be the people of Hartlepool who have some very exciting events to look forward to over the next three years.”
Gemma Borthwick, sales and marketing manager for Niramax, said: “As a local company providing local services, we are always keen to explore new ways of giving something back to the local community.
“We share Hartlepool council’s vision to create a vibrant town where people enjoy living, working and visiting, and appreciate the good work that the council does despite the financial pressures it faces.
“Hopefully, our financial contribution will make a difference, and it also provides us with the opportunity to build on our good links with the people of Hartlepool.”