AN exhibition sharing the stories of the people and places of the Tees Valley during the First World War has opened at the Transporter Bridge visitor centre.

Acts of bravery told through the pieces in the exhibition are ones of brave pilots flying from Redcar, the life of Stockton’s VC winner Ned Cooper, life at sea for a stoker from Middlesbrough, the bombardment of Hartlepool and work in a munitions factory in Darlington.

The Tees Valley ‘Remembering Our War’ which runs until Sunday, June 22, has been co-ordinated by Middlesbrough, Darlington, Hartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton Councils, along with the Heugh Gun Battery Museum in Hartlepool.

The exhibition which received a £400,000 grant from Arts Council England will tour the region until March next year.

The Transporter Bridge’s visitor centre’s Bridging The World display in Middlesbrough also remains open to the public.

Part of the £2.6m Heritage Lottery Fund-supported Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project, celebrates the role played by local firms Cleveland Bridge and Dorman Long in the development and construction of landmark bridges across the globe.

Tosh Warwick, Tees Transporter Bridge Education, Learning and Events Officer, said: “Both these exhibitions give fascinating insights into their subjects and celebrate the contributions made by local people in two very different aspects of the region’s history.”