Snow in the desert to Arabia

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A COUPLE have taken their town’s proud message to Arabia – where they surprisingly found snow where there should have been sand.

Margaret and Paul Whitaker were proud to be Poolies in Dubai, the desert metropolis of the United Arab Emirates.

Margaret said she managed to talk a passing Dubai local into getting a snap with her to “lend authenticity” to the picture that was taken in the city’s shopping mall.

And, despite temperatures of 40C being the norm, that is snow in the background as they stood in front of the centre’s indoor skiing complex.

With real snow, ski lifts, pistes and toboggan runs, Margaret simply described the scene as “amazing”.

She said: “My husband and I recently visited Dubai as part of a cruise package and took with us a poster to promote our dedication to and pride in our home town.”

The couple, from The Green, in Seaton Carew, are among a host of proud Hartlepudlians that are spreading the message far and wide.

Why not take your chance to show your passion about your town?

All we want you to do is pick up a copy of our poster from the Hartlepool Mail reception or download it from It contains the slogan Proud To Be A Poolie.

Take it with you whenever you go on holiday or go away for a short break.

Have your photograph taken with the poster and send it to us so that we can publish it – and show that you have helped to spread the Hartlepool word.

Send your photos – as well as details including age, address, telephone number and email – to the Mail newsdesk, Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX, or log onto

Our Proud To Be A Poolie campaign has so far reached:

AUSTRALIA: Melbourne; Laurieton, New South Wales; Sydney; Queensland.

CANADA: Langley City; British Columbia.

CARIBBEAN: Cayman Islands; Grenada; British Virgin Islands.

CHINA: Hong Kong.

CYPRUS: Paphos.

LAOS: Nam Yone Village.

PORTUGAL: Vilamoura.

SPAIN: Benidorm.

UK: London, Derby; Hartlepool Marina; Summerhill, Hartlepool; Northamptonshire; Tonbridge, Kent.

USA: Las Vegas; New York City; Gracelands, Memphis.

UAE: Dubai.