Here we look at 10 things almost everyone in Hartlepool has done by the time they're 40:
Whether it was screaming on the rides at Murphy's funfair or watching the 'Nutty Slack Race', which sees men and women carrying sacks of coal, almost everyone Hartlepool has fond memories visiting the town's annual carnival.
This one splits opinion, with some preferring the popular purveyors of fish and chips at Seaton Carew, and others championing the Headland, home to the famous Verrills, as the place all true Hartlepudlians should frequent. So we reckon you should have tried both and picked a favourite.
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Our famous beer with its proud lion is a much-loved tipple across the North East, and Camerons Brewery is the sponsor of the town's equally loved football club. You may not like beer, but should at least have had a taste. Or at the very least have fond memories of seeing the lions outside the brewery as a child.
A great day out taking in some of our area's fantastic wildlife, this double-whammy makes for a fantastic family trip.
Now the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the town's seafaring past is brought to life at this great attraction which has been visited by thousands of Hartlepudlians since it opened in the 1990s. You've also probably proudly told someone that Hartlepool is home to the world's oldest fighting ship still afloat, the HMS Trincomalee.
A classic delicacy from one of the town's best-loved businesses. Almost everyone in Hartlepool has had a pie from Morrell & Sons. And if you haven't yet, you really should.
The best vantage point in town, offering 360-degree views of Hartlepool and for miles out to sea. If you're fit and able, this is a must.
Or at least been for a paddle, and had a play in the Sand Dunes at Steaton Carew.
Braver souls may have even taken part in the Boxing Day Dip.
A hive of activity and home to pubs, bars, restaurants, the Church Street area has been the scene of countless nights out for generations of Hartlepool drinkers and diners.
Now known as Carlton Adventure, tens of thousands of Hartlepool pupils have enjoyed trips to Hartlepool Borough Council's outdoor activities centre near Stokesley.