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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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Scarborough commemorates bombardment anniversary

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.

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Thousands of German shells were fired at Hartlepool, Scarborough and Whitby in the first enemy attack on British civilians during WW1.

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Early morning service in Hartlepool

People in Hartlepool gathered for an early morning service to remember the lives lost during World War One.

Hartlepool Credit: ITV

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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.

Remembering the WW1 Christmas truce

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.

Lights Out across the North East to remember WW1

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

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