Taking the word to the tropics

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LOVING couple Andy and Bev Rae thought of their home town during a magical trip to Mauritius.

The former Hartlepool pair, who now live in London, chose the island in the Indian Ocean as the setting for the renewal of their vows after 25 years of marriage.

They were joined by their two children Daniel, 21, and Zoe, 18, and also their mothers Ann Watts, 73, and Wynne Rae, 84, for their big day.

And they also remembered to take along a copy of the Hartlepool Mail’s Proud To Be A Poolie poster.

Their efforts meant another destination had been added to the ever-growing list of places where the poster has visited.

Our campaign has meant the poster has reached 20 countries and more than 40 destinations.

Andy told the Mail: “After all the years that we have been living in London we are still proud to be Poolies.”

Thanks go to Andy and Bev for their support.

Why not take your chance to show your passion about your town?

All we want you to do is pick up a copy of our new poster from the Mail reception or download it from our website at www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk It contains the slogan Proud To Be A Poolie.

Take it with you whenever you go on holiday or go away for a short break.

Have your photograph taken with the poster and send it to us so that we can publish it – and show that you have helped to spread the Hartlepool word.

Send your photos to the Mail newsdesk, Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX, or log onto www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk

Our Proud To Be A Poolie campaign has so far reached:

AUSTRALIA: Melbourne; Laurieton, New South Wales; Sydney; Queensland; Darwin; Broome.

CANADA: Langley City; British Columbia.

CARIBBEAN: Cayman Islands; Grenada; British Virgin Islands.

CHINA: Hong Kong.

CYPRUS: Paphos.


FRANCE: La Rochelle; Cherbourg

HOLLAND: Amsterdam

IRELAND: Waterford.

ITALY: St Peter’s Square, Rome; Pisa.

LAOS: Nam Yone Village.


PORTUGAL: Vilamoura.

SCOTLAND: Gretna Green.


SPAIN: Benidorm; Bilbao; La Coruna; Marbella

TURKEY: Marmaris; Istanbul.

UK: London, Derby; Hartlepool Marina; Summerhill, Hartlepool; Northamptonshire; Tonbridge, Kent; Alrewas, Staffordshire, Cadbury’s World, Birmingham.

USA: Las Vegas; New York City; Gracelands, Memphis.

UAE: Dubai.