THE First World War tragedy which saw 130 Hartlepool people and armed forces personnel killed will be remembered on Tuesday – 100 years since the town was attacked.
The Hartlepools were shelled from the North Sea by German ships on December 16, 1914, with the conflict then just four months old.
As well as the horrific death toll, around 600 people were left injured by the raids.
A host of events have taken place in the build-up to the anniversary and Tuesday will see further services along with the unveiling of a new memorial to commemorate those who were killed.
Timetable of events for Bombardment commemoration:
• 8am-9am – Formal outdoor service in Redheugh Gardens, organised by the Heugh Gun Battery Trust, and led by the Bishop of Jarrow;
• 9am- 3pm – Open house at the Heugh Gun Battery – free entry;
• 10am-12pm – Tipperary Club, open for viewing, in the Borough Hall.
• Noon-1pm – Bombardment Memorial unveiling ceremony:
* Royal Marines bugler sounds the start of proceedings;
* Welcome by the Ceremonial Mayor of Hartlepool, Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher;
* Unveiling of the memorial by the Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham, Mrs Sue Snowdon;
* Laying of plaques by the four military organisations;
* Laying of wreaths by Dale Minks and the Friends of North Cemetery;
* Reading of the names of the 130 bombardment victims and planting of 130 Tower of London poppies and 130 wooden crosses by St Aidan’s Primary School pupils;
* Performance of a First World War poetry project between poet Kate Fox, Dyke House Sports and Technology College students and the BBC;
* Burying of a time capsule;
* Presentation of standards by veterans’ groups,
* Royal Marines bugler sounds the end of the ceremony.
• 6pm-7pm – “Homecoming” outdoor theatre performance in the Headland Town Square. Entry by ticket only.