Bombardment: The day Hartlepool paid tribute to its heroes

HUNDREDS of people turned out as Hartlepool commemorated the Bombardment of the town 100 years ago - and here are some more reminders of the poignant occasion.

Our photographer took hundreds of pictures of the events which marked the day that Hartlepool was shelled by three German ships on December 16, 1914.

A scene from the Bombardment Theatre event held in the Croft Gardens. Picture by FRANK REID

A scene from the Bombardment Theatre event held in the Croft Gardens. Picture by FRANK REID

More than 40 minutes of bombardment led to the deaths of 130 people. One hundred years on, the town remembered its fallen with a series of events from 8am to 7pm.

It all started with a service near the Heugh Gun Battery, followed by the unveiling of a new memorial by Hartlepool’s ceremonial mayor, Coun Stephen Akers-Belcher, and Sue Snowdon, Lord Lieutenant of Durham.

The Borough Hall was turned into a 1914-style “social communion” club for the afternoon. A packed programme of music, readings, and wartime-style refreshments were enjoyed.

Finally the day of commemoration came to a close with a spectacular new outdoor theatre performance which was given in the Headland Town Square.

Theatre company Periplum gave the performance called Homecoming.

The day ended with the sounding of The Last Post followed by the ringing of Hartlepool church bells.

People can have their own permanent reminder of this week’s commemorations.

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