Hartlepool landmark as you've never seen it before

A colourful future beckons for a Hartlepool landmark - in a new book which helps people to relax.

Tuesday, 8th November 2016, 11:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:02 pm
The colouring-in version of the Historic Quay.
The colouring-in version of the Historic Quay.

The Historic Quay has been included in a new publication which is filled with North East scenes.

But this is a book with a difference as they are all in outline form.

The Historic Quay.

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The idea is that people colour in the images which also include the Angel of the North, Morpeth Castle and the National Glass Centre, Fulwell Windmill and Bridge Street, which are all in Sunderland.

The North-East Colouring Book: Past and Present is the latest in a popular series of regional colouring books published by The History Press. Spokesman Leah Grant, Marketing Executive: Local History, said: “This feel-good book allows you to take time out of your busy life to relax and unwind as you absorb yourself in a creative task.”

Publishers said they choose areas with naturally stunning scenery because it “makes the task of colouring the images in all the more gratifying.”

It also picks sites which are popular places to visit. Leah added: “Given the unique architecture of the North-East it was inevitable that we would eventually choose the region for a book.

The Historic Quay.

“The rise of colouring books is part of a wider ‘digital detox’, offering an alternative way to switch off and absorb yourself in a creative task. The trend has been fuelled, in part, by social media, as people have been uploading their coloured creations to platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest – thereby garnering fans and marketing their therapeutic effects.”

The book, which is suitable for all ages and abilities, features a range of picturesque scenes from around Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and the Tees Valley.

It is out now and costs £9.99, includes 45 scenes to colour in It is available from all good book shops.

Leah added: “As the UK’s leading local history publisher we decided that it would be exciting to see a new series of colouring books with a regional theme. Our first book was Poldark Country Colouring Book last year, and since then we have published over 20 more, covering England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland with more to follow.”