Issued on behalf of the Tees Valley First World War Commemorative Partnership.
An exhibition focussing on the people and the places of the Tees Valley during the First World War is coming to Stockton.
Among the stories being told are that of Stockton’s Victoria Cross recipient Ned Cooper, the life at sea for a stoker from Middlesbrough, experiences of brave pilots flying from Redcar, the bombardment of the Hartlepools and what life was like working in a munitions factory in Darlington.
Part of a series of events, exhibitions and activities called Remembering Our War, the exhibition will be located at the Rediscover Stockton Shop on Stockton High Street and opens on 24 June, remaining in the town until 5 July.
Leader of Stockton Council, Councillor Bob Cook, said: “I’m delighted to welcome this exhibition to Stockton Town Centre and would encourage anyone interested in learning more about how the First World War changed lives in Stockton Borough and the wider Tees Valley to come along to the Rediscover Shop.
“This exhibition is just one of many ways the Borough’s residents are marking the Centenary of the First World War. Schools, community groups, businesses and residents have all signed up to turn the Borough gold with the 1,245 Sunflowers project which commemorates those who lost their lives during the war. In addition to this, First World War commemoration events and activities are set to continue across the Borough in the run up to the start of the 100th anniversary in August and beyond.”
Remembering Our War is an initiative being delivered by Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton Borough Councils and the Heugh Gun Battery Museum in Hartlepool, with a £400,000 grant from the Arts Council England.
By visiting www.rememberingourwar.co.uk people can find out more about the programme, the exhibition and share their own thoughts, stories and photographs from the time.