Who remembers the 'scary bridge' in Hartlepool? Get in touch and re-live the memories

Who could believe that a bridge could divide opinion.

Sunday, 2nd May 2021, 12:27 pm
Updated Sunday, 2nd May 2021, 12:27 pm

It certainly did a few years ago when we asked Mail readers what they remembered about Middleton Bridge and dozens of you replied.

Now we are hoping even more of you will share your memories and perhaps get in touch with other pieces of Hartlepool history.

It was back in 2017 when we last asked for your recollections of Middleton Road swing bridge, pictured in 1993 just before it was demolished.

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A car crosses the Middleton Bridge in the weeks shortly before its demolition.
A car crosses the Middleton Bridge in the weeks shortly before its demolition.

Four years ago, this is what you had to say.

The answers we got were split into two distinct categories - those who loved it and those who hated it.

Unfortunately, those who hated it were in bigger numbers and there was a definite reason for their feelings ....people feared they would fall through and into the water!

Some Hartlepool Mail readers said they even used to run across it – or crawl across on their hands and knees – in case it opened while they were on it and fell in!

Another view of Middleton swing bridge.

However, there was a tempting reason to cross the swing bridge as it was the only way to get to Middleton beach.

The occasional reader had a different view and would say they loved the bridge. Which opinion did you have? Get in touch and tell us more.

Or is there another aspect of Hartlepool history you would like to tell us about? Share your memories of the town’s past by emailing [email protected]

We would love to hear from you.

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