German ships rained more than 1,000 shells on the town in the Bombardment of Hartlepool in December 1914. But the town fought back and the Heugh Gun Battery answered the Germans with shells of their own. The Battery remains as a testament to the town's bravery.
German ships rained more than 1,000 shells on the town in the Bombardment of Hartlepool in December 1914. But the town fought back and the Heugh Gun Battery answered the Germans with shells of their own. The Battery remains as a testament to the town's bravery.

13 retro reasons why Hartlepool was the best town in the world before lockdown - and why that will never change

The world may be in virtual lockdown – but here’s why Hartlepool has been – and always will be –the envy of the world.

By Chris Cordner
Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 9:28 pm

The town was unbowed in the face of German bombing over two world wars.

We welcomed the world when The Tall Ships Races came to town and showed them how to put on a spectacle.

We took 10,00 fans to an FA Cup derby with Sunderland in 2004 – and turned out in even greater force when 20,000 of you went to the 2005 Football League One play-off Final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

We’re a town which backs charity initiatives time and again, and a town which gave one of the world’s biggest footballing names his start in management.

There’s much more besides. Take a look.

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