Cold War Veteran spruced up thanks to sponsorship

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CAMPAIGNERS at a Hartlepool attraction have said thank you to the people who have helped preserve some pieces of history.

A Chieftain tank at the Heugh Gun Battery on the Headland was recently sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hartlepool after Battery officials appealed for help through the Mail.

The story worked wonders and the Rotary Club came forward.

Heugh Gun Battery volunteer Wally Stewart said the agreement to sponsor the tank – which is also called the “Cold War veteran” – is for a year, but work to make the tank look pristine has already been completed.

Wally added: “It meant that the side plates could come off and the bins were being scraped and cleaned.

“After just a few days and a splash of paint the ‘Cold War veteran’ is beginning to look better.”

Any organisation which sponsors an item will have its logo and brief details on a prominent board alongside the piece of history it give backing to.

Wally said the Battery Trust was “very keen for the battery to become an important tourist attraction and to make it an exciting addition to the town”.

He added: “It would be nice to have the town companies on board to assist us in our endeavours.”

Any company or firm who is interested in becoming a sponsor should contact the battery (01429) 270746.