Boris Johnson was in Hartlepool, shops reopened and an ITV drama about Seaton Carew fraudster John Darwin filmed in town.

Boris Johnson in Hartlepool and lockdown starts to ease in our look back at April 2021

April was another whirlwind month in Hartlepool as lockdown eased and the by-election battle heated up.

Thursday, 30th December 2021, 4:45 am

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the first of three visits to the town as the Conservatives sought to turn the town from red to blue.

He surprised people at the Fens with an impromptu walkabout after first visiting Hart Biologicals.

Elsewhere, shops, hairdressers and hospitality venues celebrated being able to serve outdoors under a gradual lifting of lockdown measures that had been in place since the start of the year.

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