The new site is to be named Elephant Rock after the old landmark which was a short distance offshore and was once visible from the location.
Councilor Shane Moore, Head of Hartlepool Borough Council and Headland and Harbor City Councilor, said: âThe name Elephant Rock has real historical significance to Headland, and I am delighted that it has been chosen for the new event space.
âEven though many years have passed since the destruction of the rock, this local historic monument is still fondly remembered and there is a strong sense of pride in it.
“I have no doubts that the new event space will prove to be a major asset for the headland and the city at large – hosting a variety of outdoor performances while also being a focal point for community events.”
The elephant-shaped limestone rock was formed by a combination of coastal erosion and quarrying.
Most of it collapsed in the sea in a storm in 1891. It was recently immortalized in a mural on the side of the Pot House pub.
Pot House owner Elaine Gooding added, âElephant Rock will be a great asset.
“Most of the Headland pubs have some sort of music during the week or the weekend and it always really goes downhill so I think it’s going to be a great place and I love the name.”
Restoration of the bandstand area is being led by Hartlepool Borough Council with Seymour Civil Engineering as prime contractor.
It should be finished in November.
New terrace seating has been installed and other work includes creating a paved area and landscaping parts of the site.
Gemma Ptak, Deputy Director of Council (Preventive and Community Services), added: âWe are fortunate to have it in such a beautiful location right on the coast and it will be a great asset for years to come.
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