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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 February, 2005, 09:59 GMT
New boost for military landmark
Heugh Battery
The battery was used during WWI
Plans to restore an important military site on Teesside to its former glory have taken a step forward.

It is hoped that the Heugh Gun Battery on Hartlepool's Headland, will become a major visitor attraction.

Consultants have been appointed to draw up designs for the 500,000 project, which includes the restoration of the lookout tower, and a new toilet block.

The guns were used to return fire when the Imperial German Navy bombarded the town in December 1914.

'National heritage'

This phase of the battery restoration project is estimated to cost about 500,000 and applications for funding will be made to the North Hartlepool Partnership, Heritage Lottery Fund and other organisations.

The York-based consultants, Past Forward, last year designed the visitor facilities at St Hilda's Church on the Headland.

Peter Scott, board member of the North Hartlepool Partnership, said: "This exciting project will preserve and commemorate a very important part of what is both Headland and national heritage.

"It will give people of all ages - both locals and visitors - a unique opportunity to explore the Heugh Battery and learn more about its key role in one of the most dramatic events in north history."


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