Final rally for Hartlepool hospital protest march


A CAMPAIGNING mum who has organised a march to show the strength of feeling over the hospital saga has made a final plea for support.

More than 700 people have pledged to take part in a protest walk which has been set up to show the anger and concern over the demise of Hartlepool’s hospital.

Sue Little has arranged a walk from Seaton Carew bus station to the University Hospital of Hartlepool tomorrow, and while she is delighted with the number of people who have said they will take part she is urging more to turn up on the day.

Sue said: “We’re all annoyed about what has happened to our hospital and the services being moved to Stockton.

“But this is a chance to do something about it, and to show we are annoyed.

“It’s no good sitting at home whinging about it, or sitting moaning on the computer.

“There isn’t a venue big enough to hold the amount of people that are against what has gone on with the hospital, so we’re taking to the streets.

“This is our opportunity to show the health trust that people are angry about all these services being transferred.

“Maybe Jeremy Hunt will see the strength of feeling as well after he basically said he wasn’t interested in what the people of Hartlepool think.”

Sue hosted a meeting on Wednesday evening to finalise the plans, and she will have up to 40 stewards helping out.

There will also be a police presence, and a support vehicle following the marchers.

Mum-of-three Sue, 41, from Seaton Carew, has also urged people to stick to the planned route for insurance purposes.

She added: “We will be leaving Seaton bus station at 11am, and walking along Coronation Drive along the promenade past Newburn Bridge.

“When we reach Maritime Avenue, that will be the halfway point. We will walk up there, past the Wingfield castle before crossing the road at the pelican crossing by Asda.

“We will then rollow the route along past Burger King before turning left onto Middleton Road.

“It is then a right turn onto Lancaster Road down to Powlett Road, then we will get to the hospital via Winterbottom Avenue.”