Hartlepool remembers the Somme heroes through artwork

Outlines of bodies created as part of the commemoration of the Battle of the Somme at Heugh Gun Battery. Diane Stephens, front, with artist Zoltan Fodor-Jordan, volunteer Megan Brown and artist Bethany Whitfield
Outlines of bodies created as part of the commemoration of the Battle of the Somme at Heugh Gun Battery. Diane Stephens, front, with artist Zoltan Fodor-Jordan, volunteer Megan Brown and artist Bethany Whitfield

Talented artists from a Hartlepool college were helping to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Two students from Cleveland College of Art and Design were spending time at the Heugh Battery Museum to create outlines of bodies across the parade ground.

It will consist of body outlines across the parade ground of the museum symbolising the loss of life in this tragic battle

Diane Stephens, Heugh Battery Museum manager

The idea of the creation was explained by the Battery’s museum manager Diane Stephens.

She described it as “a large installation” which was called Somme and would “consist of body outlines across the parade ground of the museum symbolising the loss of life in this tragic battle.”

The students were expected to take two days to make the large display, in time for Friday’s 100th anniversary commemorations.

The two talented artists behind the artwork are Bethany Whitfield, 21 and Zoltan Fodor-Jordan, 20 who are both 2nd year students on the BA(Hons) Fine Art degree course at the college’s Hartlepool campus.

The battle was the largest of the First World War on the Western Front and was fought between July 1 and November 18, 1916. More than one million men were wounded or killed which made the conflict one of the bloodiest battles known in history.

The art installation was only one aspect of the commemorations at the Battery this Friday. A vigil will begin at 7am with poems, readings and music followed by the noise of artillery.

Then, after two minutes’ silence, whistles will be blown to remember the moment that soldiers were ordered to go “over the top.”

The sounding of the Last Post and the scattering of petals will bring the ceremony to a close, but events will continue at the Battery.

At 10.30am, students from St Joseph’s Primary School will present a short film called Life on the Edge of a Bullet.

At 2pm, acoustic folk group Fool’s Gold will perform Beat the Drum, which is a commemoration of the conflict through the eyes of a newly-married couple.

For more details, contact (01429) 270746.