It’s all a matter of perspective, isn’t it? Once Hartlepool had thriving docklands where we’re standing now. In 1913 alone over 1 million tons of timber and iron-ore were imported, and 2.5 million tons of coal and coke from the Durham pits left these docks. World War II brought change, as well as bombardment, but the town picked itself up and looked for new industries to replace the old.
In the 1990s a marina brought a new lease of life to the town. Old shipbuilding skills had not been lost and HMS Trincomalee was restored locally, soon to be joined by the paddlesteamer PSS Wingfield Castle. Both now form part of Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience museum. But what of the surrounds? There we have an issue or two with our local council. Jackson’s Landing was an attractive looking shopping complex, whose cafe enjoyed some of the best views in Hartlepool. Today it has been razed to the ground, after standing empty for countless years. The seagulls now enjoy the forlorn open space.
But it’s not all bad, as you can see. Great skies! And Thursday’s Special has me back in our marina again, thanks to Paula.