Friends of Stranton Cemetery organises autumn events

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MEMBERS of a group which aims to maintain and enhance a town cemetery has organised a new series of autumn events.

The Friends of Stranton Cemetery aims to raise awareness of the site, help ensure it remains a peaceful environment and keep crime to an absolute minimum. Events start with a litter pick and bulb planting session at the cemetery, in Tanfield Road, on Saturday, October 4 between 10am and 12pm.

There will be a general Headstone History Walk on November 15 between 1pm and 2.30pm and organisers say booking is essential as places.

Later this year the Friends of Stranton Cemtery will be taking part in a series of events to commemorate World War One.

The group is hosting a poetry evening at 7pm on Friday, November 21 at Coffee Rapport Bar, in York Road, and tickets are now on sale for £2.

Award winning poet and literary editor Martin Malone, will be joined by members of the Heugh Battery Writers Workshop in a performance of original and more well know poetry, to mark the 100th anniversary of the bombardment of Hartlepool.

The Heugh Battery Writers Workshop was launched in December last year and it’s the first initiative of the World War One centenary project Hartlepool Remembered: Legacies of the Bombardment.

There will also be a World War One Headstone History walk for the general public on Saturday, November 8. Booking is essential. For bookings call (01429) 523100 via email at friendsofstrantoncemetery@hotmail.co.uk or www.facebook.com/friendsofstrantoncemetery