The town was unbowed in the face of German bombing over two world wars.
We welcomed the world when The Tall Ships Races came to town and showed them how to put on a spectacle.
We took 10,00 fans to an FA Cup derby with Sunderland in 2004 – and turned out in even greater force when 20,000 of you went to the 2005 Football League One play-off Final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
We’re a town which backs charity initiatives time and again, and a town which gave one of the world’s biggest footballing names his start in management.
There’s much more besides. Take a look.
1. The townspeople suffered too - but they fought back in style
Around 130 people were killed and 400 wounded in the attack. Yet Hartlepool fought back and in the months that followed, the town raised £13.6m for the war effort - more than any other town in the country.
2. Bombed again but business was soon up and running
For 41 years, the Penny Bank had stood unharmed in Church Street. But on August 27, 1940, it was targeted in a Nazi air raid lasting from nightfall until dawn. day after the German attack, the Penny Bank was open once more, even if it was in temporary premises.
Photo: Hartlepool Mail
3. We developed the very best
Hartlepool United gave Brian Clough his first taste of football management.
4. Always there to help
Hartlepool is renowned for its caring spirit. In 2008, the town came together to fundraise and buy a £15,000 ventilator. It was used over ten years and gave non-invasive treatment to more than 400 people. CATCHLINE HM1309LIFELINE