Elwick Road school chums back together again in USA

Former school pals (left to right) David Bage, Les Falkingham and Chris Gray
Former school pals (left to right) David Bage, Les Falkingham and Chris Gray

THREE school pals were back together for the first time in years – and all of them were proud to boast about their hometown.

The memories came flooding back for David Bage, 67, Les Falkingham, 66, and Chris Gray, 67, who got together for the first time in four years.

The lads were all chums when they attended Elwick Road Junior School in the 1950s.

But David left town in the 1970s for a new life in the USA where he settled in Pennsylvania. He got jobs first with Macey’s department store and then with a stylish jewellery firm called Hamiltons.

He had always wanted his two childhood best pals to pay a visit – and they did when they travelled out to his home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Les, a retired electrician and bus driver, said: “It was good to get back together. We had a great two weeks meeting David and his family.”

Chris is a semi-retired tailor who lives in Durham and works in Hartlepool.

The three are pictured on a day out to Gettysburg which is famous for the battle which is believed to have turned the course of the American Civil War.

They remembered to take a copy of the Hartlepool Mail Proud To Be A Poolie poster – and Les said David was so proud of the link to his hometown that he was planning to have a copy of the poster framed.

Our thanks go to them 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 poster from the Hartlepool Mail reception or download it from our website at www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk 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 email the newsdesk.