Exhibition gets the bullet from Wearside war correspondent Kate Adie

ON DUTY: Prime Minister John Major with journalist Kate Adie and troops.
ON DUTY: Prime Minister John Major with journalist Kate Adie and troops.
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A BULLET that hit Wearside journalist Kate Adie is to form part of a unique exhibition.

The item is among a catalogue of war reporting memorabilia that is to go on display.

The former BBC chief news correspondent, who grew up in Sunderland, is featured heavily in the Imperial War Museum North exhibition in Manchester.

It also contains special recorded interviews which give a glimpse into the dangers faced by war reporters.

Adie was grazed by a stray bullet in Lebanon while she was working for the BBC. Despite her injury, she kept it as a lucky charm.

The bullet is to be displayed for the first time alongside other well-known items, including the burka that John Simpson used to report undercover in Afghanistan.

Simpson wore the burka as a disguise to enter Taliban-controlled Afghanistan before the U.S.-led attack in 2001.

Other famous war reporters who are featured include Rageh Omaar, Jeremy Bowen and the late Brian Hanrahan.

Second World War reporters Richard Dimbleby, Clare Hollingworth and Alan Moorehead are also mentioned along with Philip Gibbs and Martha Gellhorn, who pioneered news gathering in earlier conflicts.

The exhibition, War Correspondent: Reporting Under Fire Since 1914, looks at the stories of the most celebrated war reporters.

It hopes to give visitors an insight into one of the most dangerous professions in the world.

Footage, audio and interviews with reporters will be shown, along with personal possessions including notebooks, press passes, letters and uniforms.

The Reuters Land Rover that was hit by a rocket in Gaza in 2006, injuring two reporters, is also on display for the first time.

Jim Forrester, Imperial War Museum North director, said: “The remarkable men and women featured in this exhibition have all brought momentous events and important stories into our lives and living rooms, often at considerable risk to themselves.

“Imperial War Museum North is proud to take an in-depth look at the personal stories behind gathering news under fire.”

The exhibition runs from May 28 until January 2, 2012. For more information, log on to north.iwm.org/uk

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