Big demand for vintage Hartlepool tourism posters as another sells for £800 - helping Boer war statue campaign

An original Hartlepool tourism poster from the early 1900s has sold for hundreds of pounds and helped a park statue campaign pass £15,000.

Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 10:36 am

The framed 115-year-old Healthful Hartlepool poster was auctioned off by town businessman and history enthusiast Stephen Close towards the project to fund a replacement Boer War statue in Ward Jackson Park.

It sold for an impressive £800 to an anonymous bidder. It means the appeal has now reached over £15,000 with 10 months to raise the final £10,000.

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Stephen Close with the second 115-year-old Healthful Hartlepool poster which has sold for £800 in an auction.

Appeal organiser Stephen is now on the lookout more of the original posters towards the project.

He said: “These 115-year-old advertising posters are still in big demand.

"We know that there are many more in circulation and we wold like to hear from you if you own one.”

Stephen added: “These posters could be the key to raising the remainder of the monies hence securing the replacement statue next year.”

The plinth is all that remains of the of the Boer War statue in Ward Jackson Park Picture by FRANK REID

The first poster auctioned off had been held by Stephen for around five years after acquiring it from the family of the late Doug Ferriday, a well-known photographer in Stockton Road and former councillor and mayor of Hartlepool.

It was bought by Steve Dawson, a former Hartlepool Mail employee, who now lives in Hertfordshire.

The second was generously donated by local businessman Owen Corrigan after reading about the project and reluctantly agreed to part with it after 40 years.

Stephen then had it professionally reframed.

The new statue of a Boer War soldier has been specially designed North East artist Ray Lonsdale.

He is due to begin fabrication of it next year.

It will replace the park’s original bronze soldier that was paid for by the people of the town in 1906, but stolen in 1968.

A stone plinth with the names of 23 Hartlepool men who died in the war in South Africa between 1899 and 1902 is still in place.

Anyone who has an original Healthful Hartlepool poster or any other Hartlepool memorabilia they are willing to part with is asked to email [email protected]

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