The morning was a little warmer than the previous club trip when we set off and the sun already in the sky as we headed off in the direction of Hartlepool. It was a pleasant journey with a few laughs….. especially when Keith nearly got stuck in the bus window trying to pay the toll at the Tyne tunnel!
We got to our first destination “Hartlepool maritime experience” a little early so we took a trip to Steetly pier to pass time. The walk to the pier was a little rocky as the tide was not fully out so the group split while some went to the pier and a few found other places of interest.
We were tipped off about a church that might be interesting for us a “St Hildas Church” so we had a drive along and were not disappointed a grade 1 listed building impressive inside and out and an extra bonus of them holding a coffee morning! After a brief history lesson on the church we all took a few photos and some headed off to see the famous “Andy Capp” statue before we went to the museum.
As before some of the group headed I a different direction to Seaton Carew while others entered the museum to see HMS Trincomalee the oldest historic battleship still afloat anywhere in the world! Its was an interesting place, a little like Beamish although not as much activity however one of the guides did say that in the summer they have re-enactments so possibly be a place to visit again.
Once everyone had met back up we headed off to Seaham to see the famous statue “Tommy” we weren’t the only ones with the idea as it seemed people from all over had travelled to see the old soldier sitting there. After a few shots and some of us reflecting on what he represented we went in search of what can only finish off another great club trip…… fish and chips!! Once full we were starting our journey home already looking forward to the next trip out after another great day.