Church’s celebration will mark its centenary year

Pauline Shaw prepares to mark St Luke's 100th anniversary with a fair.

Pauline Shaw prepares to mark St Luke's 100th anniversary with a fair.

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A church will mark its 100th year with an old fashioned birthday bash this weekend.

The land for St Luke’s in Tunstall Avenue, Hartlepool, was first set aside in 1900, with a development committee formed eight years later.

We wanted it to be a nice, traditional, old fashioned party.

Pauline Shaw

The plans pushed on in 1912, as the Bishop of Durham backed the idea for a new church in a growing area of the town and also saw a hall from St Paul’s also move across to the site.

Two years later, the building contract for the nave, transepts and tower was signed, with the foundation stone laid on June 29, 1914.

The church was consecrated at a service on St Luke’s day, Wednesday, October 18, 1916, by Lord Bishop of Durham, Handly Carr Glyn Moule.

Saturday will see members of its congregation dress up in outfits from 1916 to the 1970s for its centenary celebration.

Pauline Shaw, the event organiser, said: “We’ve been having a garden party for a number of years and this year, to make it different for our 100th anniversary, we wanted to make sure we marked the occasion.

“There will be something for people of all ages.

“We wanted it to be a nice, traditional, old fashioned party.”

The celebration will run from 2pm to 4pm and will move indoors if it rains.

It will feature games including skittles, coconut shy and hook-a-duck, crafts, a bouncy castle and face painting, stalls, a plant sale, fruit and vegetable sale, bric-a-brac, tombolas, a visit from miniature horses and a performance by the Rockalholics, who will play songs from the 1960s.