The way we were

A car going up Brierton Lane with the Travellers Rest on Stockton Road in the distance.
A car going up Brierton Lane with the Travellers Rest on Stockton Road in the distance.

NOSTALGIA fans can take another fascinating trip down memory lane with the release of a new DVD.

Memories of Hartlepool features dozens of photos and video footage of the town as it used to be.

It has been lovingly made by members of the History of Hartlepool Group with pictures being selected from the History of Hartlepool in Images website’s huge collection.

It is the sequel to the group’s debut DVD which was released just before Christmas and sold over 1,100 copies to people all over the world.

Proceeds have been used to buy equipment and support Hartlepool’s dementia charities and nursing homes, with £2,000 spent so far.

The cover for the new disc said it hopes to “bring memories of the past flooding back and provide an ongoing history of our home town.”

Steve Close, who edited the 65-minute video with fellow group member Roger Codner, said: “The sequel has taken a little bit longer to make but it is much better laid out and presented.

“Some of the photographs are fantastic.

“We had so much stuff to choose from this time. It is already selling pretty well already.”

Copies of the first DVD were shipped to ex-pats in Japan, Australia, America and Canada.

The latest film includes more pictures from the Headland and covers just about all areas of the rest of the town.

One shows a car driving up Brierton Lane when it was little more than a dirt track with a house, now the familiar Traveller’s Rest pub, in the background.

Another shows a bustling Stockton Street at the bottom of Victoria Road, but it is not cars on the road but trams.

The disc also features video footage of HMS Warrior setting sail from Hartlepool to Portsmouth in 1987 after being restored in the town.

The disc is available from Just Blinds, York Road, Hartlepool, priced £7.