The first day of the Liverpool Blitz 70! event was for the most part a roaring success and we’d like to thank all those involved! Sadly, the major disappointment was the Spitfire flypast being cancelled due to dangerous wind conditions. We apologise to all those who were disappointed by this, as indeed we were, but it was always dependent on the weather and as there are only a handful of original WWII Spitfire fighter planes remaining we had to respect the owner’s decision.
Thanks to all those who took part in the veterans’ parade. It was a fantastic sight to see those who survived the terror of the Blitz marching alongside military veterans young and old from the region. We have had lots of lovely feedback from people who watched the remembrance ceremony and were very moved indeed.
All photographs courtesy of Victoria Phipps Photography
Many thanks also go to the City of Liverpool Pipe Band for their wonderful music.
Derek Herbert addresses the veterans and the crowd as former Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
A group of volunteer cadets pose for a photograph with Stan Boardman. Stan was pleased to be asked to lay a wreath in memory of those who lost their lives during the Blitz on Merseyside, as his elder brother Tommy was killed when the Air Raid Shelter in which Stan and his family was spending the night took a direct hit.
Blitz and Peaces entertain the people of Liverpool with a wartime sing-along in front of the Spitfire on Williamson Square.
The Merseyside Fire Service Museum have two fire appliances on display on Church Street, both of which were used to put out the blazes in Liverpool during the Blitz of World War II.
Local girls from St. Julie’s Catholic High School perform various blitz-themed dance routines.
The 6th generation of the Codman family perform a very entertaining Punch and Judy show. The Codman family’s original 180 year old stage was well remembered by many Liverpudlians as it has been used to perform this much loved show since the Victorian era.
More photographs to come soon but don’t forget tomorrow is the last day of the Liverpool Blitz 70! event and we like to go out with a bang! Please come down, enjoy the entertainment and show your support for these wonderful veterans’ charities… we hope to see you there tomorrow!