SABATON To Fire UK Coastal Cannon

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Sabaton To Fire 25 Pounder Cannon To Celebrate Saving World War One Museum

When military history loving, Swedes, Sabaton, heard of the plight of the Heugh Battery Museum in Hartlepool, they weren’t going to let it close without a fight.

Sabaton mobilised their huge fanbase and produced a special campaign T-shirt, the funds from which pushed the museum’s crowdfunder well beyond their initial survival target meaning that the unique museum was saved.

The Heugh Battery Museum stands on the site of the only World War One battlefield in the United Kingdom and commemorates the bombardment of Hartlepool in 1914 by the German navy and includes a range of military equipment including the battery itself overlooking the Hartlepool coast.

To mark the formal re-opening of the museum, Sabaton will be in Hartlepool on Thursday 3rd March, where guitarist Chris Rorland, a veteran of the Swedish army’s A9 Artillery Regiment, will mark the occasion by firing the 25-pounder cannon, which is only used on ceremonial occasions such as Remembrance Sunday and the Queen’s Jubilee.

Sabaton, who have their own military history YouTube site, release their 10th album, The War To End All Wars on 4th March and hope to emulate their last three albums which have all hit the Number One spot in their homeland. The rearranged dates of their Covid postponed UK arena tour are due to be announced very soon.

Sabaton will fire the cannon at 11:00am on Thursday 3rd March to mark the re-opening of the Heugh Battery Museum.

Sabaton’s The War To End All Wars is released on 4th March on Nuclear Blast Records.

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  • Mick Burgess

    Mick is a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio, based in the North-East of England. He first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne's spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of '79 he discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst his sister’s record collection, which literally blew him away! He then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow's Down To Earth, and he was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!   Over the ensuing years, he's enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica, and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. When he's not listening to music, he watches Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if he has to, he goes to work as a property lawyer.

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