Tourism Awards

The Hartlepool Mail reports on the North East England Tourism Awards.

Our restaurants scooped Bronze in the Taste of the North East category.
The Gold was awarded to Archers Jersey Ice Cream and the Silver to Michelin starred White Room restaurant at Seaham Hall.

Hartlepool picked two other awards. Gold for Hartlepool Maritime Experience (Large Visitor Attraction of the Year) and Bronze for Wendy Clarke in the Outstanding Customer Service Award category.

Pools for ever...

Grandson Alex had no idea what hit him when I bought him a season ticket to Hartlepool United a year ago.
So much so that, after his first match and Pools defeat back in August 2008, he asked what team we were going to support instead.
I told him it wasn't the way it worked. When you support a team, you go through the peaks and troughs, the ups and the downs but never give up.

Alex listened and listened well. He is now a staunch HUFC supporter. He knows more facts about our team than I will ever care to research.
He reads the match day magazine more ardently than a priest studies the Bible.
He knows more facts about HUFC than his times nine table. He knows how many times Ritchie Humphries has played, who has scored the most goals, who has defended best, etc...

Terry Hanlon, took this picture of us with H'angus the Mascot, smiling and laughing before we lost to Norwich...