Salute our heroes! – Hartlepool event to remember WW1 sacrifices

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A GRAND concert is being held next month to honour the town’s military heroes.

Called Salute Our WWI Hartlepool Heroes, it takes place at the Borough Hall, in Middlegate on the Headland from 7pm on Saturday, October 18.

The event is billed as “a concert of words, music and song to mark the centenary of World War One and commemorate the contributions of the folk of Hartlepool”.

It will be narrated by Alasdair Hutton OBE, the voice of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and TV agony aunt Denise Robertson will be reading poems.

The stunning line-up also includes the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and Royal Signals bands, Teesside Pipe Band, George Colley Singers, Hartlepool Community Choir and singers Vicky Guillory, Julie Pendleton and the Little Sisters.

And pupils from St Bega’s Primary School will be performing a piece centred around the famous clock frozen in time at 8.10am on December 16, 1914, when shrapnel from the Bombardment lodged between its hands.

The event is being organised by Major Eric Ingram MBE and proceeds will go to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, of which he is vice-chairman.

David Smith, of The Soldiers’ Charity, said: “We want the people of Hartlepool to come to this. It’s their history and their heritage.”

Major Ingram has organised similar events at Gateshead’s SAGE.

He said: “Hartlepool played a huge part in the First World War, with munitions production and the bombardment.”

There will also be a display of images of Hartlepool during the Great War.

Tickets for the event are £15 or £12 for concessions.

They are available from Hartlepool Tourist Information Centre in Church Square on (01429) 890000 or at www.hartlepool.gov.uk/book_it