CHURCH bells will ring out across Hartlepool tomorrow as the town commemorates the centenary of the bombardment
Hartlepool will pay tribute to the casualties on Tuesday in a day of civic and community events organised by Hartlepool Borough Council in partnership with the Heugh Gun Battery, which returned fire during the bombardment.
Hartlepool’s bellringers will play their own special role in the commemoration by ringing the bells at several churches.
At All Saints Stranton the bells will be rung from 8.10am for half an hour, followed at noon by the bells of the former Christ Church in Church Square, again for half an hour.
Then in the evening at 7pm, as the commemorative events on Hartlepool’s Headland draw to a close, the bells of the former Christ Church, St Oswald’s in Brougham Terrace and St Aidan’s in Stockton Road – 24 bells in total – will be rung for an hour.
All the bells will be rung ‘half muffled’, in which a thick leather cover is strapped to one side of each bell’s clapper – the traditional bellringing method for commemorative events such as this.
Andrew Frost, secretary of the Hartlepool Bellringers, said: “Church bells have been rung for this kind of important commemoration for hundreds of years and we feel very privileged to be playing our part in remembering the victims of the bombardment a century ago.”
Hartlepool’s Ceremonial Mayor, Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, added: “Hartlepool’s bellringers have rung the bells in previous important events such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and I am delighted that they are paying this moving tribute as the town commemorates one of the most momentous days in its history.”