Town event takes shape

Members of the Dawn of Chivalry during a fight scene at the Headland Heritage Festival. Picture by FRANK REID
Members of the Dawn of Chivalry during a fight scene at the Headland Heritage Festival. Picture by FRANK REID

HISTORICAL artefacts, memorabilia and re-enactments will all be on offer when a popular annual festival returns this weekend.

Bouncy castles, puppet shows, stalls and games will also feature as the Headland Heritage Festival puts on a packed show for all the family.

Organisers, the Headland Heritage group which is part of the Hartlepool Headland Local History Group, have been hard at work for 12 months since the last event to ensure all of the popular activities and exhibitions are once again on show.

And now they are hoping for a good turn out and support from people on the day.

The festival takes place at various venues on the Headland this Saturday, July 6 from 10am-4pm.

David Geen, chairman of the heritage group, said: “We have done our very best to make sure all of the favourites are on again for people to enjoy.

“A number of local businesses have gave us donations and the parish council and Hartlepool Borough Council have both supported us as well.

“We are pleased with the programme, now we are just hoping for a good turn out on the day.

“It is usually a really popular event so I’m sure people will turn out in force once again.”

David admitted funds have been tight this year in preparation for the event and the group are always on the lookout for donations and support to help them organise the festival.

Two re-enactments groups, who David described as “excellent” will perform at the event on Saturday.

Interesting memorabilia and artefacts will also be on offer for people to cast their eyes over.

Beamish Museum, Cleveland Police, Hartlepool Borough Council and various other organisations will also be in attendance on the day speaking to residents.

Activities will be held in the Borough Hall and in the town square, opposite the hall.

The High Street, Croft Gardens and old putting green area will also play host to displays and exhibitions.

David is also encouraging residents to join the history group.

He said: “We need new blood. Anybody who wants to come along can come to any of our meetings.”