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Liverpool Blitz 70! in the Press

Liverpool’s favourite newspapers, the Liverpool Echo and the Daily Post, both featured an article about our opening ceremony on Saturday 30th April…

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LB70! Daily Post

Thanks to both papers for their support!

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Thank you to the people of Liverpool!

The organiser’s of the Liverpool Blitz 70! event, D-Day Revisited, would like to thank everyone who donated or purchased an event souvenir programme last weekend.  We’ve had a busy few days of counting, but we are pleased to tell you that you helped us to raise a fantastic £8562 from street collections during our three days in Liverpool City Centre!

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Our fantastic event host, Steve Walls, with Danny Murphy of the Merseyside Fire Service Museum.

Don’t forget there is still time to donate by purchasing an event souvenir online now (click here).  These booklets are packed full of history, photographs, anecdotes and personal memories from those who lived through the Blitz on Merseyside during the Second World War and 100% of funds raised goes directly to these local veterans charities!

Stay tuned for more photographs of the Liverpool Blitz 70! event…

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May Blitz 70th anniversary remembered in Liverpool

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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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Introducing Northern Forties!

Northern Forties are a British 1940s re-enactment group with a mixture of civilians and military personnel.  The group consists of a number of like-minded individuals who have lots of fun dressing up in wartime period clothing and their members come from as far afield as Harrogate in Yorkshire, across to Lincolnshire and Norwich to the east, Conway in North Wales and Northamptonshire in the South Midlands.  The Liverpool Blitz 70 organisers are very pleased to have over 20 members of the group taking part in our 70th anniversary event!

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Northern Forties will be based on Williamson Square for the duration of the event, representing a broad range of civilian and military persons who each had their own role to play in the war effort.  Visitors will find members of the RAF, Royal Navy and Army, as well as evacuees and Land Army girls. Some may even catch a glimpse of a downed Heinkel Bomber Pilot having been apprehended by the Police!

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Veterans Parade on Church Street

Whether you’re a veteran of the Blitz on Merseyside or a veteran of War, we invite you to join in our parade through Liverpool City Centre at 10:30am Saturday 30th April…

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The objective of the Liverpool Blitz 70 event is to remember all those who lost their lives in the air raid attacks on Liverpool and the surrounding area, but also to celebrate the ‘Spirit of Liverpool’.  The organisers, D-Day Revisited, invite civilian veterans of the Blitz to join military veterans from the region in an official parade through the centre of Liverpool.

Liverpool always had a reputation for producing fast-thinking, brave and loyal soldiers and this reputation still stands today.  A staggering 22% of all armed forces personnel come from Merseyside and the City of Liverpool has a strong historical connection with the military.  This parade offers veterans of all ages and all conflicts an opportunity to come together and march through their own city alongside men and women who helped to keep Liverpool working throughout World War II whilst bombs were falling from the skies.

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It is the organisers’ belief that the factory workers, the land girls, the shipbuilders, the policemen, the firefighters, the doctors, the home guard and indeed all men and women in voluntary or reserved occupation deserve to be celebrated for their enduring efforts and spirit of defiance.  Without these people staying behind to fight on the Home Front, Britain could not have survived.

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land girls world war II

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Shipbuilders at Cammell Lairds, Birkenhead, had a vital role to play during World War II

The parade will assemble at Williamson Square at 10:30am when the air raid siren will sound.  War veterans and veterans of the Blitz will be treated equally and parade side by side.  At 10:40 the City of Liverpool Pipe Band will lead the parade out of Williamson Square down Richmond Street, left along Whitechapel and left again up Church Street to the main stage.  Approximately 50 members of Liverpool Scooter Club will form a guard of honour along each side of Church Street and spectators must remain behind these lines.

Once the contingent has arrived at its Church Street destination at 11:00 a two minute silence will be held in memory of all who were killed 70 years ago.

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All that remains of the junction of Church Street and Church Alley in 1941

The air raid siren will sound the ‘all clear’ to mark the end of the two minutes silence.  The Lord Mayor of Liverpool will then lead the wreath laying ceremony, followed by the Mayor of Wirral.  Chindit, George Main, was injured in Liverpool during the May Blitz of 1941 and will lay a wreath on behalf of all Liverpudlian veterans of the Blitz.  Normandy veteran, Albert Dillow, will then lay a wreath on behalf of all Wirral veterans of the Blitz.

Further wreaths will be laid by local MPs, dignitaries, veterans, representatives of Liverpool, Everton and Tranmere Football Clubs, representatives of the Police and Fire Services and representatives of local businesses.  The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Hazel Williams, will then make a speech welcoming everybody to the event.

All veterans of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces are asked to wear blazers and medals and all civilian veterans of the Blitz are kindly requested to dress smartly.  If you would like to take part and have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 01244 531 765.  For more details of the events taking place in Liverpool City Centre 30th April – 2nd May, please see our Schedule of Events.

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Introducing Miss Heather Marie!

We are very pleased to announce the talented Miss Heather Marie McHale will be performing on Monday 2nd May at the Liverpool Blitz 70 event!  Heather Marie is a fantastic vocalist and will be performing well-loved 1940s favourites at 12:30pm and 4:30pm on the Church Street stage.

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Growing up in St Helens, Heather first discovered a love of singing in high school and went on to progress this through GCSE and A Level Theatre Studies and singing lessons with Joanne Edwards. Heather decided to go professional in September 2009 and has performed throughout the UK for private functions and national charities such as the RAF and Help for Heroes.

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