The day that changed the world – events will remember Hartlepool Bombardment

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A DAY that changed Hartlepool forever will be marked by organisations across the town.

Numerous events are being planned to mark the Bombardment of Hartlepool in which more than 100 people died under German shelling.

THE Old Town area of Hartlepool after the Bombarfdment

THE Old Town area of Hartlepool after the Bombarfdment

The Heugh Gun Battery will be playing a huge role in the commemorations. Its first event will be held on Sunday, December 7.

Heugh Battery volunteer co-ordinator John Longstaff told the Hartlepool Mail: “The Heugh Battery Museum will hold an event called Real Life; Retold.

“It is a community focussed drama and research project which is based on the bombardment of Scarborough, Whitby and Hartlepool during the First World War.

“It will be held on Sunday, December 7, at the Battery Museum in Moor Terrace.”

John added: “Amateur writers from the Stephen Joseph Theatre have researched and written a script for amateur actors from Scarborough to perform within the Heugh Battery Museum.”

Performances will be held at 1pm, 1.45pm and 2.30pm and anyone wanting to attend can contact the museum on (01429) 270746.

Elsewhere, Hartlepool Ladies Choir will join forces with the Hartlepool Male Voice Choir to give a short concert on Thursday, December 11.

It will be held at Hartlepool College of Further Education from 7.30pm and Ladies Choir spokesman Eileen McConnell said the event was part of the Legacies of the Bombardment free public event at the college which runs from 10am to 9pm.

The project is led by Hartlepool-born Dr Elizabeth Pender, a researcher on Leeds University’s Legacies of War project, and Susan Connor of the town’s Friends of Stranton Cemetery group.

A varied programme of music, art, poetry, talks and displays will explore the history of the bombardment, its importance within the global events of 1914, and how it helped to shape the development of Hartlepool to the present day.

At 7.30pm, the Hartlepool Ladies Choir will join with the Male Voice Choir in a short concert.

On Saturday, December 13 at 10am the Rt. Rev Seamus Cunningham, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, will be offering a commemorative mass at St Mary’s Church in Durham Street on the Headland.

The mass is being offered for all of those who were victims of the Bombardment.