Reasons to love Hartlepool - 27 things which make our town a great place to live, as campaign launched after Skint Britain

From our wonderful coastline to our maritime heritage, our friendly folk and kind hearts, Hartlepool is a great place to live.

By Ross Robertson
Monday, 04 March, 2019, 08:19
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As council chiefs launch the "Love Hartlepool" campaign to combat the "unfair" portrayal of the town in Channel 4's Skint Britain: Friends Without Benefits, we look at some of the many things to celebrate about our town.

It is easy to take it for granted living where we do, but were lucky to have the sea on our doorstep and some amazing beaches.
A great beach and all the trappings of a traditional seaside experience - fish and chips, rock, ice cream parlours and amusements.
It comes with plenty of ups and downs, but its great to have a club we can be passionate about.
Were a friendly lot and very welcoming to visitors, always happy to help out, full of smiles and up for a laugh.
It is amazing to think this brilliant event has been bringing the community together since the 15th Century, with all manner games, stalls, a fancy dress parade, pensioners tea party and many other attractions.
One of the best-known faces in TV hails from our town: friendly, charismatic, generous, and always banging the drum for Hartlepool.
It is certainly not grim up north in Hartlepool. Away from the sea, weve got some lovely rural areas, picturesque villages and a string of popular walks to get out among nature.
Hartlepool is steeped in history, especially related to our seafaring past. Its a heritage to be proud of, and a fascinating world to discover.
A great place to discover our maritime history, this amazing attraction gives insight into the lives of sailors of the past.
The centrepiece of the museum is Europes oldest floating ship, with its proud masts making it a great opportunity. Its the envy of other towns and cities on the coast.
The Northern School of Art has proved a big success for the town, making us a creative centre. Acclaimed Hollywood film director Ridley Scott trained at the school, then West Hartlepool College of Art.
We are a generous lot, supporting charities and good causes and helping others. Miles for Men, Music v Cancer, our efforts with the Poppy Appeal and Race for Life. The list goes on.

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We are lucky to have these wonderful sea mammals living so close. This is a great place to take the family and visitors. Nearby Seal Sands is another good spot to see them.
Both a nature reserve and outdoor activity centre, with 100 acres to enjoy, including sculptures, ponds, play areas, a BMX track and the famous climbing boulders.
Offering grandeur, tranquillity and family fun, Ward Jackson Park, Rossmere Park, Burn Valley Gardens and Seaton Park are wonderful green spaces to spend time.
Our town is packed with listed buildings, giving it a real character and making it a lot more pleasant to walk around than others in the region.
We have got some lovely pubs, many of them steeped in history, as well as our own Camerons Brewery and its wonderful beers, making us a great place for a drink.
A great annual event in our calendar, with all the colour and buzz of the parade, fun of the fair, and great tradition of the nutty slack race, which sees competitors running carrying sacks of coal.
A great resource, and a chance to try water sports - or just look out at the view of the boats on the water.
The only open-air WWI museum in the UK, giving an incredible insight into wartime Hartlepool.
A fantastic place to explore, one of the largest dune systems in the North East, teaming with wildlife.
St Hildas and Stranton Church are beautiful examples of medieval churches, and a place to learn more about the long history of our town.
For the size of our town, we have a wealth of restaurants, including some well-established successful independent restaurants, giving us plenty of options for a night out.
Creator Reg Smythe was a Hartlepool dweller. His cloth-capped creation may not paint the best picture of northern folk, but the warm characters and stories are known around the globe.
Another great Greatham tradition, a hundreds-of-years-old tradition which was revived half a century ago, taking place each Boxing Day. Its an impressive sight.
Another great Boxing Day tradition, seeing hundreds of us braving the icy waves to raise money for good causes.