Trains, rain & automobiles... thousands flock to events in Hartlepool

Visitors at some of the stalls during the event.

Visitors at some of the stalls during the event.

THOUSANDS of people flocked to enjoy a host of events in Hartlepool over the weekend.

From the heritage of the town’s Headland, to cars from yesteryear and model railways – there was something for people of all ages to enjoy.

Thousands turned out for the ninth annual Headland Heritage Festival, held on Saturday and Sunday – extended by a day due to the commemoration of the Great War.

Visitors soaked up the sun as they enjoyed Saturday’s attractions, which included Morris dancing in the town square, historic re-enactments in the tea gardens and nostalgic photograph displays in the Borough Hall.

The fun continued yesterday with further entertainment – but with fewer people due to the weather.

But that did not stop organisers, including David Geen of the Headland History Group, hailing the event a success.

Also taking place on Saturday and Sunday was the annual Hartlepool Model Railway show.

Some 2,200 people descended on Hartlepool College of Further Education to cast their eyes over 25 miniature towns and intricate layouts, and associated trade stands.

The event, sponsored by model railway giant Hornby Hobbies, saw a layout called Graithwaite Junction, brought by exhibitors from Cumbria, take the awards for best digital layout and the public’s favourite layout.

Most scenic layout was won by Melton Mowbray North, an exact replica of the Leicestershire town, based on Ordnance Survey maps.

A display called Just Four won the Malcolm Priestman Memorial Award, in memory of the town man who organised the event before he passed away in 2008.

Paul Appleton, who organised the event with Paul Bolton, said: “Hartlepool received the event really well – there were lots of happy people telling us on the way out how they enjoyed it.”

Yesterday, around 200 people braved the rain showers to attend a display of vintage cars during an event organised by the Northern Bygones Society, at Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Ground.

Society founder Paul Jackson said: “I’m surprised how many people came to support us despite the weather – we must have had 200 people through the doors.”

Seventeen classic cars, from Hartlepool, Sunderland, Ferryhill and Newton Aycliffe were on display, alongside children’s rides, stalls and a tombola.

See more pictures at and in the Mail throughout the week.




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