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Film of bygone Hartlepool 'sure to stir some memories'

A Hartlepool fisherman. Photo: North-East Film Archive

There's an opportunity to step back in time in Hartlepool thanks to a remarkable compilation of archive film footage.

The bustling port of the 1950s, Hartlepool airport in 1939, a 1966 corporation carnival, the 1970s town in bloom and famous faces including Brian Clough and Andy Capp are just some of the sights in ‘Moving North: Coastal Comes To Hartlepool’ which will be screened at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre on Thursday 19th October at 7pm.

Curated and presented by the North-East Film Archive, the screening takes people on a journey through time revealing the rich film heritage of the North-East coastline. It uses amateur and home movies, travelogues and regional television productions, many recently digitised as part of Britain on Film - a partnership project with the British Film Institute.

Here's a taster of the film:

The Moving North: Coastal programme is all about bringing local films back to local communities and opening up our film heritage for everyone to see and enjoy.

We’ve had successful events in Whitley Bay, Saltburn and North Shields and we’re delighted to be coming to Hartlepool.

With local Hartlepool activities, landmarks and industries featured in the screening, people will recognise familiar places and sometimes faces – family members or well-known local characters fleetingly captured on film all those years ago. It’s sure to be a popular event, so get your tickets fast!

– Graham Relton, Archive Manager

Featuring films made by cine enthusiasts and local filmmakers and a first screening of television footage from more recent years, this is a wonderful chance for people to explore the town’s history and heritage.

– Jamie Kelly, Hartlepool Borough Council’s Theatre Development Officer

Tickets for the Hartlepool screening cost £5 each and can be booked in advance - click here or contact Hartlepool Art Gallery and Tourist Information Centre in Church Square on (01429) 890000.