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A sun-sational summer at Middleton Grange

Hartlepool shoppers have been lapping up the seaside frivolities at Middleton Grange, with its ‘Postcards from Hartlepool’ summer event.

Visitors from across the area have been enjoying an old-school seaside experience, with a life-size promenade positioned in centre square. There has also been the opportunity to take part in the centre’s ‘Postcards from Hartlepool’ competition, inviting families to describe their best day out ever on a postcard. Inundated with entrants, the winner will be announced on Monday 21 August and will collect a £500 gift voucher from travel agent, Dawson and Sanderson.

Along with a host of beach activities – including a seaside ‘peep-through’ board – customers were advised to keep tight hold of any tasty treats as two pesky, life-size seagulls made it in to the centre to cause mischief!

Mark Rycraft, Middleton Grange Centre Manager, said: “Our ‘Postcards from Hartlepool’ event has proved a summer hit and the local community visiting the centre have been enjoying the various seaside shenanigans that’s been on offer. We wanted to bring to our shoppers a vintage feel to our promenade-themed experience and I feel we really captured this, with so many people wanting to have their pictures taken with the ‘peep-through’ board.

Young visitors to the centre have been captivated by performers – beach buddies Holly and Sonny Daze – who have encouraged children to take part in an array of beach-themed activities. Local entertainer, Tony Junior has provided an array of entertainment including magic acts and plenty of mayhem. There has also been a variety of free fun-filled activities including arts and crafts at the ‘creation station’ as well as exciting entertainment including music, magic and puppeteering.

He continued: “The response we have throughout the event has been amazing, especially the ‘Postcards from Hartlepool’ competition. The creative energy people have put in to writing their best day out has been so impressive and we can’t wait to read through all the entries.

For more information on all the events and activities taking place at Middleton Grange throughout the summer holidays go to