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.
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.
A memorial has been unveiled in Hartlepool to mark 100 years since the town was bombarded in World War One.
Dignitaries have been laying wreaths and singing hymns at a ceremony in St Mary's Church in Scarborough to remember the 100th anniversary of the World War One bombardment.
Thousands of German shells were fired at Hartlepool, Scarborough and Whitby in the first enemy attack on British civilians during WW1.
People in Hartlepool gathered for an early morning service to remember the lives lost during World War One.
Remembering those who died during the World War One bombardment.
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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Young footballers from Sunderland and Newcastle have just returned from what was, in their own words, the trip of a lifetime.
They were playing in Belgium to mark the centenary of The Great War with other under-12 sides from The Premier League for The Christmas Truce National Tournament.
Held in Ypres, the site of many battles and, now, countless war graves, the three day trip was about testing their football skills but, more importantly, opening their eyes to the horrors of The First World War.
Our reporter Jonny Blair was given full access to the teams and tournament.
People across the UK are being invited to turn out their lights at exactly the same time, 100 years after Britain entered the First World War.
This will happen between 10pm and 11pm on Monday August 4th.
We are being urged to do this either at our homes, or to join others for a public display of commemoration.
Here are the locations of public Lights Out events across the region:
- Royal British Legion, Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland
- North Tyneside Council headquarters
- Northumbria House, North Shields
- Sage Gateshead
- Royal British Legion, Houghton-le-Spring
- Durham Cathedral
- Durham School
- Clarence Court sheltered housing, Spennymoor
- Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough
- Yarm War Memorial
- Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
- North Yorkshire County Council headquarters, Northallerton
- Composer at Woods, Berwick-upon-Tweed
More details can be found at the official Lights Out website