Expressing its gratitude to the Swedish band, which raised money for its rescue, Heugh Battery Museum in Hartlepool, England, will pay them the highest price.
In particular, in view of Sabaton’s visit to the museum on Thursday, March 3, shortly before the release of their new album “The War To End All Wars”, the director, Diane Stevens, will give the band guitarist Chris Rorland the opportunity to to fire a 15kg Ordnance Quick Fire cannon of World War II, which is kept on its premises.
This is a cannon used in ceremonies and events such as Armed Forces Day, Queen’s anniversary, etc.
It is worth noting that Chris is probably the most competent of the band to fire the cannon, as he has served in the A9 Artillery Regiment of the Swedish Army. In fact, he will become the first non-British veteran to fire the cannon.
In May2019, when the band learned that the museum was threatened with closure due to lack of funding, they rushed to raise money by putting a special t-shirt on sale and organizing a crowdfunding campaign. Eventually, they managed to raise more than 4 thousand pounds.
“Sabaton have been a huge support to us in our fundraising efforts and for that we hope to show our gratitude,” says Stephens. “We really believe that their music brings history to a wide audience who then become visitors to the museums of the world — so they support many museums, not just us.”
The museum tells the story of the Bombardment of the Hartlepools, which took place on Wednesday 16th December 1914, when the guns of the battery were engaged in ship-to-shore combat with the German navy.
The site of the Heugh Gun Battery has been a military position since the 17th century. Now the Heugh Battery Museum sits on the site of the only First World War battlefield in Britain.
The museum boasts a large and eclectic collection of military artefacts and artillery pieces from throughout history.