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We couldn’t do it without their support

No awards would be possible without the backing of a superb line-up of sponsors.

It is no different with the Best of Hartlepool competition and we have some great supporters on board this year.

Stagecoach, the Northern School of Art, Hart Biologicals, Joel D. Kerr Funeral Services, Utility Alliance Ltd, Tilly Baily and Irvine, the Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group, and English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College are the backers and we thank them all.

Watch out for stories on each in the weeks to come as we step up our coverage of the competition.

We shall also be featuring stories on some of the entries to this year’s awards but that’s only going to happen if you nominate the worthy causes from across the town.