Today marks 100 years since the bombardment of Hartlepool by the German Navy in the First World War.
130 civilians and military personnel were killed and more than 500 were wounded when German warships attacked on the morning of 16th December 1914.
To commemorate the centenary the town is holding a series of events to honour those who died.
A new memorial is also being unveiled in the town, featuring 130 ceramic poppies from the Tower Bridge installation in London. These will be planted by school children to represent each of the people who died.