Evening of music to commemorate Hartlepool’s part in First World War

An image from Hartlepool following the Bombardment of Hartlepool on December 16, 1914, which will be included in a new gallery at the Imperial War Museum in London.
An image from Hartlepool following the Bombardment of Hartlepool on December 16, 1914, which will be included in a new gallery at the Imperial War Museum in London.
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AN evening of song is planned to commemorate Hartlepool’s part in the First World War.

St Hilda’s Church, on the Headland, will be the setting for Hartlepool 1914 – A Commemoration In Song.

It will feature performances by The George Colley Singers and Hartlepool Community Choir, which are both conducted by George Colley.

They will be singing a host of well-known songs from the period, including Daisy, Daisy, Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty, Coming Home and Bring Him Home.

The choirs will be backed by an accompanist on the piano.

Mr Colley said: “It’s all about song.

“It’s going to be an interesting and varied concert of songs and reflections on the First World War.”

Also on the bill are well-known local singers including Eddie Gratton and Anna-Maria Jackson.

The night will also feature readings of local people with connections to the war, Dave Wall, Myra Docherty, Jill Harris and Albert Armstrong.

Mr Colley said there will be plenty of opportunities for a singalong as audience participation is encouraged.

The event, which will also feature a display of images from the town during the war era, takes place from 7.30pm on Friday, December 12.

Tickets cost £5 and include light refreshment and are available from the church on arrival.

Proceeds from the night will be split between the church and the choirs.