How Hartlepool will remember Bombardment, 101 years on

Last year's commemoration of the Bombardment of Hartlepool.
Last year's commemoration of the Bombardment of Hartlepool.

The people of Hartlepool have been urged to keep up their support for a site of significance in the town’s history.

As the annual commemoration of the Bombardment of Hartlepool draws ever closer, Heugh Gun Battery officials gave more details of this year’s anniversary event.

Hartlepool will pay a moving tribute to the 130 town people who died in the bombardment of the town 101 years ago, on Wednesday. It takes place at the Redheugh Memorial Gardens.

As well as the hour-long ceremony – starting at 8am and including readings as well as prayers and a gun salute – there will be lots of other activities.

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 memorial ceremony will be followed by a programme of free events at the Heugh Battery Museum, including a stall called Hartlepool Remembered: Legacies of the Bombardment.

Wally said it would give visitors the chance to record details of their families or community groups to be included in the Hartlepool Bombardment Centenary Scrapbook.

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

At noon, a talk by Anne Johnson – titled Hart Village: Our World War I Experience – will focus on life in during the Great War.

At 1pm, acoustic duo Fool’s Gold will present Beat the Drum – stories and songs commemorating the First World War.

At 2pm, a talk titled Tales from the Trimdons will explore experiences of Trimdon miners and their families during the war.

It will be given by Andrea Hetherington, an independent researcher and writer who regularly delivers talks to history societies.

Students from Hartlepool Sixth Form College will present three pieces of theatre inspired by the Bombardment of the Hartlepools around the grounds of the Battery, between 10.30am and 11am, and 11.30am and 12pm.

And at 10am and 11.10am, students will read poetry.