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Town commemorates German attack
A town on Teesside is commemorating one of the darkest chapters in its history on Thursday.

On 16 December 1914, Hartlepool became the first place in Britain to be bombarded by the Germans during World War I.

Over 100 people died as more than 1,000 shells rained down on the town for about 40 minutes.

The event will be marked by a wreath-laying ceremony and a procession on the town's Headland.

The attack was carried out by Blucher, Seydlitz and Moltke, three heavy German cruisers which emerged from the morning mist 90 years ago.

The procession will include members of the Heugh Gun Battery Trust, town mayor Stuart Drummond, and children from local schools.

There is also an ongoing exhibition at the Museum of Hartlepool.




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