Top military band to mark Hartlepool Bombardment centenary

CENTENARY YEAR: Scenes from the bombardment which will be commemorated in a concert.

CENTENARY YEAR: Scenes from the bombardment which will be commemorated in a concert.

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A TOP military band is coming to Hartlepool to perform as part of the Bombardment commemorations.

The Soldiers’ Charity and the Parish Church of St Hilda’s, Hartlepool, have joined forces to present a performance by The Royal Armoured Corps Regimental Military Band.

The Catterick-based band will perform at 7pm on Saturday, December 6, at St Hilda’s Church. The proceeds will go to the Soldiers’ Charity to provide much-needed funds for those wounded, sick and injured servicemen and women and their families who need the support of the Personnel Recovery Unit at Catterick.

Hartlepool will this year mark the centenary of the Bombardment by German forces which left 119 people dead including 42 young people and children. An organiser of the concert said: “It is poignant that the performance is taking place near to where, Private Theo 
Jones, who served with the Durham Light Infantry, was killed in action at the Heugh Battery.

“He was the first soldier to die on mainland Britain during the Great War. In recognition of this fact the regimental marches and songs of the DLI will be played.”

The Reverend Chris Collison, the priest-in-charge of St Hilda’s Church, said he was delighted to be involved in “this important event which will include an Act of Remembrance to commemorate those who died during the Bombardment of the Hartlepools, and in the Great War and the Second World War and all wars since.”

Major Mark Aldridge, the musical director of the band, has produced a diverse programme of music for all tastes.

It will include community singing, regimental marches, some jazz numbers and an appearance by Sergeant Moray Innes who has appeared as Frank Sinatra at the Edinburgh Fringe for the last two years in a production called The Final Curtain.

He has also entertained troops in the desert in the second Gulf conflict and in his time in Hong Kong with the Black Watch.

Other highlights will include a raffle by Hartlepool Rotary Club.

Tickets for the concert, costing £10 for the nave and £8 for the side aisles, are available by calling (01429) 870310, emailing : music@hartlepoolsthilda.org.uk or from the Cornerstone 
Shop at St. George’s Church, Park Road.