Birthday celebrations for proud Poolie

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A TEENAGER and her family enjoyed birthday celebrations on board a cruise ship.

And Danielle Shaw added one extra ingredient to her 17th birthday memories. She and her relatives posed for a photograph with a copy of the Hartlepool’s Mail’s Proud To Be A Poolie poster.

Click the link for your Proud to be a Poolie poster download

They are pictured on board the Thomson Celebration cruise ship during its Red Sea voyage, as it called in to the port of Sharm el Sheikh earlier this month.

Danielle, a Mail columnist who pens Shaw Thing each week, is pictured left along with mum Joanne Shaw and sister Courtney, 11.

By posing with the poster, they helped to spread the word about their home town.

Our thanks go to the Seaton Carew family for backing our Poolie campaign.

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 new poster from the Hartlepool Mail reception or download it from our website at 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 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.

BRAZIL: Sugar Loaf Mountain

CANADA: Langley City; British Columbia.

CARIBBEAN: Cayman Islands; Grenada; British Virgin Islands.

CHINA: Hong Kong.

CYPRUS: Paphos.



EGYPT: Sharm el Sheikh.

FRANCE: La Rochelle; Cherbourg

HOLLAND: Amsterdam

IRELAND: Waterford.

ITALY: St Peter’s Square, Rome; Pisa.

LAOS: Nam Yone Village.

MALDIVES: Kuredu Island.


NEW ZEALAND: Whangamata Bay, North Island; Hamilton, Waikato.

PORTUGAL: Funchia, Vilamoura.

SCOTLAND: Gretna Green.


SPAIN: Benidorm; Bilbao; La Coruna; Marbella, Canary Islands.

TUNISIA: Port el Kantaoui

TURKEY: Icmeler; Istanbul; Marmaris.

UK: Bakewell, Derbyshire; Crimdon; London; Derby; Hartlepool Marina; Summerhill, Hartlepool; Northamptonshire; Tonbridge, Kent; Alrewas, Staffordshire, Cadbury’s World, Birmingham, Goathland, North Yorkshire, where Heartbeat TV show is set; Manchester Arena; Liverpool; Billingham

USA: Tombstone, Arizona; Las Vegas; New York City; Gracelands, Memphis; The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas, Disney Land; Twin Falls, West Virginia.

UAE: Dubai.