Poolie pride sweeps globe

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A TOWN family had a right royal time when they made a recent trip to London.

Linda Stephenson, from Greatham, sent us this picture of her family oputside of Buckingham Palace.

The photo shows Bryan Paylor (left) with Linda’s grandson Jack Paylor alongside him. Jack’s mum Karen Welch is also on the picture, along with Linda, Amelia Stephenson and Graham Stephenson.

Linda regularly sends the Mail photographs from her travels, and is always keen to show off the fact she is Proud to be a Poolie.

Now it’s your chance to do the same.

Whether you are flying out to the US or enjoying a relaxing long weekend closer to home, show off your pride for Hartlepool by getting your photograph taken with our poster.

Make sure you send it in to us and we will publish it in the paper – showing that you have helped to spread the Hartlepool word.

You can pick up a copy of the poster from the Mail reception, in New Clarence House, or download it from our website at www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk.

Send your photos to the Mail newsdesk, Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX.

So far our Proud To Be A Poolie posters have visited:


AUSTRALIA: Melbourne; Laurieton, New South Wales; Sydney; Queensland; Darwin; Broome; Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine Gorge in the Northern Territory,.

AUSTRIA: Wagrain.

AZERBAIJAN: Oil in the Caspian Sea.

BRAZIL: Sugar Loaf Mountain.


CANADA: Langley City; British Columbia, Cochrane, Calgary; Banff National Park; Morleyville, Alberta.

CARIBBEAN: Cayman Islands; Grenada; British Virgin Islands.

CHINA: Hong Kong.

CUBA: Guardalavaca.

CYPRUS: Paphos.



EGYPT: Sharm el Sheik; Alexandria.

FINLAND: Tampere.

FRANCE: La Rochelle; Cherbourg; Valloire; Paris.

GREECE: Corfu; Crete.

HOLLAND: Amsterdam; Heiloo.


IRELAND: Waterford.

ITALY: St Peter’s Square, Rome; Pisa.

JAPAN: Osaka.

LAOS: Nam Yone Village.

MALDIVES: Kuredu Island.

MALTA: Bugibba Bay.


MOROCCO: Agadir.

NEW ZEALAND: Whangamata Bay, North Island; Hamilton, Waikato.

NORWAY: Oslo; Geiranger and Bergen,

PORTUGAL: Funchia, Vilamoura, Lisbon, Faro.

RUSSIA: St Petgersburg.

SCOTLAND: Gretna Green, Oban


SOUTH AFRICA: Witpoortjie Falls.


SPAIN: Benidorm; Bilbao; La Coruna; Marbella, Canary Islands; Lanzarote, Canary Islands; Belamadena; Torremolinos; Mijas Bullring; Gibraltar.

SWEDEN: Hagfors.

THAILAND: Bangkok.

TUNISIA: Port el Kantaoui

TURKEY: Icmeler; Istanbul; Marmaris.

UK: Bakewell, Derbyshire; Crimdon; London; Derby; Hartlepool Marina; Summerhill, Hartlepool; Northamptonshire; Tonbridge, Kent; Alrewas, Staffordshire, Cadbury’s World, Birmingham, Goathland, North Yorkshire, where Heartbeat TV show is set; Manchester Arena; Liverpool; Billingham; Cragwood, Ramshaw; Bath, Somerset; Sandown, Isle of Wight; Ryde, Isle of Wight; Eden Camp, North Yorkshire; Plymouth, Torquay and Dartmouth; Edinburgh Zoo; Buckingham Palace

USA: Tombstone, Arizona; Las Vegas; New York City; Gracelands, Memphis; The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas, Disney Land; Twin Falls, West Virginia; West Potomac Park, Washington; Pegram in Tennessee. Buddy Holly Museum in Lubbock, Texas; Cadillac ranch art installation in Amarillo, Texas; Branson, Missouri; San Francisco; Aquatica, Florida; Fort Worth, Dallas, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida.

UAE: Dubai.