Community event marks centenary

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AN open day held as way of commemorating two major landmarks has been hailed a success.

In order to commemorate the centenary of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, residents in the Rossmere area of Hartlepool organised an open day.

It was held at the weekend to remember the brave men and women who fought in the two world wars.

Organisers arranged the event for Saturday, August 2, and it was held inside the Rossmere Community Building, in Rossmere Way. The day was arranged by Rossmere Residents’ Group, helped by Rossmere Friday Club and other friends from the Rossmere community.

All proceeds from the day are to be shared between the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

Tom Stewart, one of the organisers of the event, said: “It was a hugely successful event with everyone who came enjoying the various activities on offer and the impressive display of war memorabilia.

“Everyone really got into the spirit of the day with some people dressing up and World War One music and songs being played to add to the atmosphere.

“This was a true community event with everyone contributing with donations of prizes for the raffle and tombola and items for sale on the various stalls.

“We raised over £500 to be shared between the British Legion and Help for Heroes.”

Organisers hope to arrange a date soon to be able to hand over the money to the two charities. There was lots for everyone to enjoy including refreshments, crafts, cakes, tombola and raffles.