100th anniversary of WW1 bombardments

Today, December 16th marks the 100th anniversary of the first attacks of the First World War on British soil on Hartlepool, Scarborough and Whitby. We have been at commemoration ceremonies along the North East coast:

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MP: Hartlepool is a 'close-knit' family

Iain Wright, the MP for Hartlepool, has said the town is a "close-knit" family, in light of today's World War One memorial service.

He also pointed out that some of his constituents' "direct ancestors" perished when the North East coast was bombarded by German warships 100 years ago today.

Hartlepool remembers World War One bombardment

The service in Hartlepool this morning. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
100 years ago today five German battle ships struck the North East coast. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Onlookers in Hartlepool paying their respects. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
As well as the service in Hartlepool, there were also events in Scarborough and Whitby. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Remembering the past: the service in Hartlepool this morning. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
151 people were killed in the bombardment 100 years ago. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A ceremony has been held in Hartlepool to mark 100 years since the town was bombarded in World War One.

There have also been events in Scarborough and Whitby.

100 years ago today five German battle ships struck the North East coast. 151 people were killed in the attack.

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Coastal bombardments remembered 100 years on

Some of the damage caused to Hartlepool, December 16, 1914 Credit: Hartlepool Council

Today marks the centenary of the bombardment of Hartlepool, Scarborough and Whitby.

One hundred years ago today five German battle cruisers struck the North East coast.

137 people were killed and 592 were injured.

Many of these were civilians.

Services will take place throughout the day to remember those who died.

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