Hartlepool will remember its Bombardment victims

Last year's poignant memorial service which drew huge support.
Last year's poignant memorial service which drew huge support.

Hartlepool will pay a moving tribute to the 130 tragic town people who died in the bombardment of the town 101 years ago.

The annual remembrance service to commemorate the Bombardment of Hartlepool will be held on Wednesday, December 16. It takes place at the Redheugh Memorial Gardens.

We hope people will continue to support the commemoration and remember the Bombardment of Hartlepool

Wally Stewart, Heugh Battery Museum volunteer

As well as the hour-long ceremony, a whole day of events will be held at the nearby Heugh Battery Museum to remember the day when German ships fired more than 1,000 shells on the town.

And it will include the chance for people to put details of their own families into a centenary scrapbook.

Battery volunteer Wally Stewart said: “The Heugh Gun Battery will welcome visitors free of charge from 9am to join us for further commemoration activities.”

The commemoration schedule includes;

8am - Parade to the Redheugh Memorial Gardens.

8.10am - Gun salute from the Heugh Battery Museum followed by the opening address.

8.15am - A reading by Hartlepool MP Iain Wright.

8.25am - A reading by pupils of St Helen’s Primary School.

8.30am - Wreath laying.

8.35am - A reading by pupils of St Bega’s Primary School.

8.40am - The reading of the names of children who lost their lives during the Bombardment.

8.50am - Pupils of Throston Primary School give a reading.

8.55am - Prayers and close of the ceremony.

9am - Gun salute from the Heugh Battery Museum.

The ceremony will be followed by the programme of events at the Heugh Battery Museum.

It includes the ‘Hartlepool Remembered: Legacies of the Bombardment’ centenary project which will run a stall where people can record details of their families or community groups to be included in the Hartlepool Bombardment Centenary Scrapbook.

Wally said: “This book will capture a snapshot of how Hartlepool people remembered the bombardment and commemorated the centenaries.

“This project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is a collaboration between community groups in Hartlepool and First World War researchers at the University of Leeds.

At 12pm, Anne Johnson will give a talk on Hart Village: our World War One experience.

At 1pm, songs and stories will be performed in an event called Beat The Drum.

And at 2pm, a talk titled Tales from the Trimdons will explore the experiences of the miners of Trimdon and their families during the First World War.

Other highlights include theatre and poetry readings by students from Hartlepool Sixth Form College students.

The cafe will be open all day and hot drinks will also be available from the marquee.