Emotion as girls poems read at Bombardment of Hartlepool commemorations

A SEASONED television presenter was almost moved to tears after reading out the winning poems in a Hartlepool Mail competition.

John Grundy, the compere for yesterday’s Remembering Our War commemoration event at the Borough Hall, spoke after reading out the works of Anna Kroon, 10, from the Bishop Cuthbert area of town, and Riya Nighoskar, 15, from Elwick.

Poetry competition winner Anna Kroon on stage in the100th Bombardment Borough Hall event with John Grundy. Picture by FRANK REID

Poetry competition winner Anna Kroon on stage in the100th Bombardment Borough Hall event with John Grundy. Picture by FRANK REID

They won the contest run by the Mail in conjunction with Hartlepool Borough Council, in which we asked entrants to study Hartlepool artist James Clark’s painting of the bombardment before writing a poem on it.

John read out the two works. Speaking after Anna’s poem, he said: “That is so beautiful. I had not read it out aloud before and I was worried about getting to the end. I was a bit emotional.”

The winning poem by Riya drew applause from every member of the audience and John, who presents television programmes such as Grundy’s North, said her work was tremendous.