Letter of the week: Thanks to Hartlepool Mail and its readers for a story with a happy ending

Jimmy Gettings with a framed copy of the Mail Sports Mail.
Jimmy Gettings with a framed copy of the Mail Sports Mail.

May I through the Letters page thank the people who helped me reunite former Pools player Darren Knowles with the memorabilia from his days at Victoria Park.

The happy ending story was featured (Mail, October 30).

Firstly, a huge thanks to the Hartlepool Mail for publishing the piece that started the link to Darren back to his home in Sheffield.

Pools fan Mike Squires contacted me after the original appeal went out to try and find Darren – I had found the items when I was clearing out an old store in my Alma Street shop.

Mike attached the link to his social media page and was instantly contacted by Darren’s brother-in-law.

It was very much appreciated that Mike also called to my shop, then made arrangements with his contact in Sheffield and he was able to hand over the items that I had framed for Darren.

The memorabilia included Darren’s much-treasured Hartlepool strips worn during his four years here.

He was truly delighted to read all of the framed items featuring his playing days under Mick Tait and Chris Turner.

The Mail has so many years of history, and Darren was thrilled to look back and remember the good times that the paper has provided across many years.

Once again my sincere thanks to the Mail for getting me linked to Darren and making his day by providing him with loads of happy memories to cherish.

He has sent me a message stating how much he loved his Pools days.

He has also asked me to pass on his sincere best to the club and fans as we battle to return to league football as soon as possible.

Jimmy Gettings,
La Mirage picture-framing shop,
Alma Street,
Hartlepool.

Last week's Letter of the week: 'Why can't we direct Hartlepool patients towards our own hospital?'