Queen Elizabeth II visits Middleton Grange shopping centre in 1977.
So we’ve taken a trip down memory lane to remember some of Hartlepool’s favourite shops of the past. Which ones did you like to visit, and do you remember when some of them opened for the first time?
Marks & Spencer was hugely popular in Hartlepool before its closure. Did you like to shop there? Princess Anne opens Middleton Grange in 1970. We all had a favourite thing to buy from Woollies. What was yours? Waiting to catch a glimpse of Princess Anne as she opened Middleton Grange in 1970. Do you remember the curly ramp? Binns corner, Stockton Street, pictured in the 1960s, and in the foreground the Hartlepool Mail car park. A very different scene from today's busy junction. Queuing to pick up a bargain at Binns. Did you used to visit Santa's Grotto in Binns?