I live just outside Newcastle and I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never been to Hartlepool.
Sadly I made my first visit last Wednesday to attend the funeral of the husband of an ex-colleague.
After the funeral we were invited to gather at Wallis and Co. to celebrate the life of a much-loved man.
I was told that the venue was on the marina.
After a while I managed to find the marina.
I parked my car but could not see Wallis and Co.
Two men were walking past me so I asked them if they could point me in the right direction: it turned out that we were standing about 150 yards away!
I thanked the men and then asked them if I had to pay to park at the marina.
“Yes, it’s £1.50.”
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I had a pound coin in the car and my credit cards.
“Will the machine take cards?”
“No, just cash.”
“Oh, that’s a problem for me, I only have a pound.”
Without hesitating both men took a pound coin out of their pockets and gave them to me.
“There you are – repay us the next time you see us.”
I can’t tell you how grateful I was to these two strangers: they are a brilliant advert for Hartlepool and its people.
I hope they read this newspaper and appreciate how impressed I was with their kindness.