A UNIQUE window into the devastating Bombardment of Hartlepool has been created with the release of a new DVD in time for the occasion’s 100th anniversary.
The History of Hartlepool Group has put together a host of photographs of the historic day and its aftermath for its latest DVD.
It also features some extremely rare cinefilm clips of Hartlepool dating back to before the start of the First World War.
History group member Stephen Close said: “It is very interesting and we have found some really good stuff.
“It focuses mainly on the bombardment. With the 100th anniversary coming up, we thought it was appropriate.
“There are about 100 photos, many of which people will have seen before in books and things, but we have added some script and it is set to music.
“But there are also a few that most people won’t have seen, including the damage that was caused.
“The disc also has some fabulous cinefilm from before the war of aeroplanes from the Air Corps that landed on Seaton Carew beach.”
The German Navy spent almost an hour relentlessly shelling Hartlepool between 8.10am and 8.50am on December 16, 1914.
A total of 1,150 shells rained down on the town leaving more than 100 people dead including nine soldiers, seven sailors, 15 children and 467 wounded.
Churches, public buildings, hotels and more than 300 homes were damaged.
Private Theo Jones was the first soldier to be killed on British soil in the war.
The DVD is the third to be made by the history group with previous releases charting the changing face of the town through the decades.
They have proved hugely popular, selling in their hundreds and raising money for local dementia homes and charities. The makers are hoping they have another success on their hands and that it will prove a hit, especially with Christmas coming.
The history group is also a keen supporter of history projects, particularly educational ones.
It is currently working with Hartlepool schools on an art competition and will provide prizes for the winners.
The Hartlepool Bombardment disc costs £8 and copies are available from Just Blinds, York Road.
l The History of Hartlepool Group has generously given the Mail five free copies of their new DVD to give away to our readers.
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