When Christmas shopping in Hartlepool went seasonal - the December which was graced by heavy snow

We’re dreaming of a white Christmas – but it’s not so many years ago when Hartlepool got just that.

Tuesday, 7th December 2021, 11:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 7th December 2021, 11:46 am

In the latest of our festive features – on seasonal scenes in town – we are looking at 1995.

What are your memories of back then? Take a look at these reminders from the Hartlepool Mail archives.

Shopping at Jacksons Landing, coping with the heavy snow and gridlock on the roads. That was Hartlepool at Christmas in 1995.

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Jacksons Landing. Was it a favourite shopping destination for you?

Children had plenty to keep them occupied as they waited for the big day, because the weather was definitely seasonal.

They could make snowmen such was the level of the snowfall.

Most of the town’s roads were covered in several inches of snow and the Hart bypass and the A689 presented difficult driving conditions for motorists. The A19 was dicey, said the authorities.

But who cared? It was Christmas! And little Jasmine Laura Graham was all smiles when she got her picture in the paper as she met Santa Claus at Jackson’s Landing.

Fans clear the Pools pitch in the winter of 1995.

Pre-Christmas cheer also came to West Hartlepool Rugby Club which won a £30,000 cash boost to introduce more children to the game.

In return for the help, West would make players available to visit schools and there would be matchday visits for community groups.

If you were planning a more sedate Christmas, there was plenty to enjoy on the television. Highlights included Three Fights, Two Weddings And A Funeral - a spoof home video of the eventful marriage of Pauline Calf, alias Steve Coogan.

Michael Ball was starring on ITV in his Christmas extravaganza and there was a You’ve Been Framed Christmas special.

Were you pictured at the 1995 Boxing Day dip?

The edition of 2Point4 Children had Bill foolishly asking Ben to do the Christmas shopping.

And the Last of the Summer Wine Christmas episode was the one where Howard decided he wanted a physique like Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Or you could switch over to the satellite channels to enjoy A Fish Called Wanda and Lawrence of Arabia on Sky Movies Gold.

Perhaps our retro photos will bring back memories. Were you pictured clearing the pitch at Pools or doing the Boxing Day dip. We have reminders of them both.

Getting to meet Santa at Jacksons Landing in 1995 was Jasmine Laura Graham.

What are your memories of Christmas that year? Email [email protected]

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Another reminder from the 1995 Boxing Day dip.