From Pool to Portugal

WE’RE a passionate lot in Hartlepool and the rest of the world is beginning to get the message.

The Mail’s Proud To Be A Poolie campaign is gathering pace and a Hartlepool couple are the latest to shout out loud and proud about their hometown.

The word is now spreading around the world with pictures being sent in from areas spanning from North America to Southern Asia.

The latest has been sent in by Allan and Lily Belsham from the town centre area of Hartlepool who took a copy of the Mail’s poster with them when they went on holiday to Vilamoura in Portugal.

Our thanks go to them 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 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, email or log onto

Our Proud To Be A Poolie campaign has so far reached:


Langley City, British Columbia.




Nam Yone Village.






Hartlepool Marina.

Summerhill, Hartlepool.