HEAVY METAL FUNDERS

Swedish metal band Sabaton recently visited the Heugh Battery Museum in Hartlepool. CMV editor Andrew Stone was there to find out more

Band members pose with the ordnance quick-firing 25-pounder
HEUGH BATTERY MUSEUM; pictures Heugh Battery Museum / Sabaton

After hearing about the plight of the Heugh Battery Museum in Hartlepool which was in danger of closure due to a lack of funding, Swedish metal band Sabaton started a charity drive to help save the facility. The band, which sings about military history, raised more than £4,000 from the sales of a specially designed T-shirt, which helped put the museum’s crowdfunder project well over its target.

Band members Joakim Brodén (lead vocals), Pär Sundström (bass guitarist), Chris Rörland (guitarist), Hannes Van Dahl (drummer) and Tommy Johansson (guitarist) then paid a visit to the museum on March 3.

Manager Diane Stephens invited them to fire the ordnance quick-firing 25-pounder, an original British field gun from World War Two which is kept at the museum. The gun is used on ceremonial occasions and at public events as a saluting gun and fired only on special occasions such as Remembrance Sunday, Armed Forces Day, Bombardment Commemoration Day, and to mark the Queen’s Jubilee.

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