Bec-Aus they’re so proud

Linda Welch and Graham Stephenson in Darwin
Linda Welch and Graham Stephenson in Darwin

A SUNSHINE cruise was the perfect way for proud Poolies Linda Welch and Graham Stephenson to spread the word about their beloved hometown.

The pair from Queensway, in Greatham, went on a cruise round Australia on the 14-deck ship Sun Princess.

Linda and Graham in Broome

Linda and Graham in Broome

After boarding at Sydney, they took in ports including Brisbane, Townsville, Port Douglas, Darwin, the Kimberley Coast, Broome, Bali and Geraldtown before finishing at Fremantle.

Linda told us: “It was a fantastic holiday with hot sun.”

The couple took a copy of the Hartlepool Mail’s Proud To Be A Poolie poster with them and posed for photos at Broome and Darwin.

Thanks go to Linda and Graham for their efforts.

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; Darwin; Broome.

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; Alrewas, Staffordshire.

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

UAE: Dubai.