Re-enactments remember home front heroes - Durham Pals event Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th October
Home front patrols carried out regularly during the Great War, will be re-created in Hartlepool this weekend, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th October. Members of the Durham Pals - a group which portrays the recruits of the 18th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry - will be in character and traditional uniform, 'defending' the Hartlepool coastline from any potential invaders or enemy spies.
Part of the Remembering Our War programme, the re-enactments will focus on the roles and activities undertaken by local volunteers during the First World War. They will take place at the quayside next to the Museum of Hartlepool where a special free exhibition, 'Voices of the Bombardment' is being staged.
Visitors to the museum will also be able to view an array of artefacts from the bombardment of the Hartlepools, as well as James Clark's magnificent painting, which vividly depicts the moment that German shells struck the towns in December 1914.
The public can come along to see the exhibition and enjoy the re-enactments between 10 am and 5 pm on both days.
Durham Pals member Mark Naylor said 'We are delighted to be supporting the museum exhibition with a series of live performances inspired by the volunteers who played an important role in keeping the home shores safe during the First World War .
'The Durham Pals portray the recruits of the 18th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry at the start of the war, how they dressed, were equipped and trained. This is done through public displays and working with schools to deliver parts of the curriculum'.
David Worthington, Head of Culture and Information at Hartlepool Borough Council said: 'Having the Durham Pals staging a live re-enactment alongside our museum exhibition offers a great opportunity for people to find out more about an important part of history of our region.