PEOPLE paid their respects to the victims of the Bombardment during a moving 99th anniversary service.
The Heugh Gun Battery on the Headland held a ceremony to remember the part played and the price paid by Hartlepool during the atrocity that took place on December 16, 1914.
A host of civic dignitaries and organisations took part in the service at the Memorial Gardens at 8.10am on Monday – marking the exact moment when the Imperial German Navy ships began firing 1,150 shells at the town.
It resulted in 118 deaths and more than 400 people injured.
Wreaths were laid and local schoolchildren will release 37 balloons to remember the children who were killed.
The battery defended the town during the attack.