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Merseyside Fire Service Museum at LB70!

merseyside fire service museum liverpool blitz

We are very grateful to Danny Murphy and all other members of the Merseyside Fire Service Museum who gave up their time to bring their 1940s Fire Engines into Liverpool City Centre as part of the 70th Anniversary Blitz Commemorations…

merseyside fire service museum liverpool blitz

merseyside fire service museum liverpool blitz

merseyside fire service museum liverpool blitz

merseyside fire service museum liverpool blitz

merseyside fire service museum liverpool blitz

merseyside fire service museum liverpool blitz

merseyside fire service museum liverpool blitz

All photographs courtesy of Victoria Phipps Photography


May Blitz 70th anniversary remembered in Liverpool


Liverpool Blitz 70! Saturday 30th April

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

liverpool blitz 70 city pipe band

Many thanks also go to the City of Liverpool Pipe Band for their wonderful music.

liverpool blitz 70 veterans parade

liverpool blitz 70 veterans

liverpool blitz 70 garden of remembrance

liverpool blitz 70 winston churchill

Derek Herbert addresses the veterans and the crowd as former Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

liverpool blitz 70 winston churchill

liverpool blitz 70 stan boardman

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.

liverpool blitz 70 blitz and pieces

Blitz and Peaces entertain the people of Liverpool with a wartime sing-along in front of the Spitfire on Williamson Square.

liverpool blitz 70 fire appliance

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.

liverpool blitz 70 st julie's dance group

Local girls from St. Julie’s Catholic High School perform various blitz-themed dance routines.

liverpool blitz 70 punch and judy

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.

liverpool blitz 70 re-enactor

liverpool blitz 70 wwii re-enactors

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!


Welsh Dragon Spitfire over the River Mersey!

The organisers are very excited to be able to include the Welsh Dragon Spitfire in this weekend’s programme of displays and celebratory entertainment.  At 14:30 on Saturday 30th April this original 1940s fighter plane will perform a dramatic display above the famous River Mersey!

welsh dragon spitfire display river mersey

Privately owned by Anthony Hodgson, Spitfire PT462 was built at the Vickers Supermarine Castle Bromwich factory.  This Mark IX aircraft is judged by many to be the best of all.  PT462 was delivered to RAF Colerne in Wiltshire in July 1944, serving in action with 253 Squadron.  After war service in France, Yugoslavia and Italy, PT462 was sold in 1952 to the Israeli Air Force.  Converted into a two-seater during rebuild, this Spitfire took to the air once again in 1987 and was purchased by Anthony ten years later.

Anthony learned to fly at Liverpool Airport in the 1970s and operates from a sloping grass airstrip at Bryn Gwyn Bach near Denbigh.

welsh dragon spitfire display river mersey liverpool

Such historic flights are rare, with few remaining Spitfires in airworthy condition.  Event Organisers express gratitude on behalf of the people of Liverpool for helpful assistance from the CAA and Liverpool John Lennon Airport for regulatory approval.

Quite a crowd is expected along the Liverpool waterfront.  Weather permitting, the Liver Birds will hear the roar of that Merlin engine as the 67 year old Spitfire pays its own tribute to the May Blitz and the Spirit of Liverpool.


Introducing “Blitz and Peaces”

We are very pleased to introduce “Blitz and Peaces” who will be on the streets of Liverpool City Centre entertaining and educating visitors to our great city, leaving them feeling they have had a real opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of the home front!

The Blitz and Peaces team are incredibly enthusiastic about what they do and have been busy researching the historic details of Liverpool’s experience during the May Blitz in 1941 in preparation for our anniversary event.  Dressed in various full WWII uniforms, they will no doubt capture the imagination of the young and trigger the memories of the old with their songs and stories about life in Britain on the Home Front.

Photography courtesy of J S Dyer ©

When asked why they do what they do they said, “We all love the sense of triumphant human spirit over almost insurmountable odds to ‘keep the home fires burning’ and we all marvel at the ‘save the string’ and ‘make do and mend’ re-cycling drives that were in operation during the war years.  This of course has subsequently come back into sharp focus as people realise the global importance of controlling our own waste and re-cycling used materials.

We love the ‘live for the moment, as who knows what tomorrow will bring’ ethic of people who volunteered to go in to combat in the armed services, and those thrust into danger on the home front from the bombing raids.  Men and women putting life and limb at risk by joining fire services, rescue parties and medical teams, in order to pull together as a community and help their friends and neighbours during this time of peril.


Blitz-themed Sunday Lunch at the Adelphi!

To mark the 70th Anniversary of the May Blitz, the Adelphi Hotel – once considered to be one of the finest hotels in the world – is holding two Blitz-themed Sunday Lunch on the 1st and 2nd of May at 12:30pm.  The hotel is generously donating 10% of all ticket sales to our veterans’ charities.

Tickets are on sale now!  Call 0151 709 7200 to make your booking.

blitz themed lunch adelphi hotel liverpool

The world famous Adelphi Hotel was for many years the most popular hotel in Liverpool; recognised amongst the most luxurious in Europe.

The Adelphi plays an integral role in the city’s history; it was Liverpool’s arrival and departure point for passengers traveling on the great liners across the Atlantic to America and beyond.  The Sefton Suite is in fact a replica of the first class smoking lounge on the ill fated “Titanic“.  If walls could speak, no doubt those in the Adelphi Hotel would have many fascinating tales to tell!

adelphi hotel liverpool

Fortunately the Blitz left the Adelphi Hotel fairly well intact and like most places the Adelphi remained open for business throughout the Blitz, showing a determined spirit of endurance.  Sadly many buildings surrounding this grand hotel, such as Lewis’s department store just over the road, were badly damaged by the bombing…

adelphi hotel liverpool blitz