I left school in 1953 aged 15.
There were no drugs ;everyone who wanted to work did work.
There were places galore to work in our town.
I will just name some of them: British Steel North and South Works, Central Marine Engineer Works and Richardson & Westgarth.
Coal pits in the nearby collieries (which Maggie destroyed).
Factories like Siemens, Price’s, Marbourn, the Button factory, Cerebos and the Match Factory.
One by one they all closed down.
We do still have Camerons Brewery, the marina and the big supermarkets providing jobs.
Hartlepool, and indeed the whole of the North East, has had one of the highest youth unemployment in the country, I believe at least for the last 40 years.
Drug deaths in Hartlepool are the third highest in England and Wales (Mail, August 9).
When Tony Blair, MP for Sedgefield, became Prime Minister we started to hope, all to no avail.
In our town alone, hundreds of young people leave school never having the pride and self-respect of earning a pay packet.
Some go down south to find work and live.
For others, their father has never had a job.
What really gets me angry are the people who say why don’t the unemployed get off their backsides and get a job.
Answer: There aren’t any jobs.
Try feeling sorry for them.
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