Folk singer’s CD recalls Hartlepool’s role in First World War

FUNDRAISING EFFORT: Folk singer Lol Moran.
FUNDRAISING EFFORT: Folk singer Lol Moran.

A FOLK singer has released a 15-track CD all about the First World War and Hartlepool’s role in it.

Town-born Lol Moran, 65, who now lives in Stratford-upon-Avon, has produced the fundraising CD which will be available from the Heugh Gun Battery on the Headland from this Thursday.

He added: “I was born on the Headland about 100 yards from the gun battery, and all proceeds will be going to the battery.”

The CD has tracks including The Durham Pals, and It’s A Long Way To The Front Line.

Another song called Who Put The Lighthouse There which takes its theme from the British being unable to fire at the German ships from a certain angle because the Headland lighthouse was in the way.

Lol, a recently retired designer, has been signing for around 40 years. He decided to record the CD, called Bombarded - Songs Of Hartlepool In The First World War, to coincide with the forthcoming 100th anniversary of the Bombardment of Hartlepool on December 16, 1914.

Lol has lived in the Midlands for more than 40 years but is also well-known as the editor for many years of the Hartlepool United fanzine Monkey Business.

He was also the featured singer of The Hartlepool Monkey on the Pools’ fans CD single which reached number 24 on the BBC singles chart in 2005.

He came up with the idea of Bombarded when he visited the town in May for a wedding and paid a visit to the gun battery for the first time.

Lol sings all of the songs on the CD, some with guitar, and several in the styles of ragtime and music hall.

It examines themes such as the trend in the First World War to sign up whole communities of men for battle, and the role of the women in war.

Lol told how one of the tracks looks at the man in charge of the gun battery knowing in advance that an attack was coming, because the British forces had cracked German codes, but decided not to raise the alarm in public so that the Germans would not know that the British had cracked the code, and also not to cause panic.

The CD is available for £3 from the gun battery and also features tracks called The Kaiser Demolished Our Grandstand, Over By Christmas, and Where’s The Sub When You Need It.