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Aberdeen Blitz bombing images from 1943 unveiled

Bedford Place in 1943 [Pic: Grampian Police]
Bedford Place in Aberdeen was one area bombed in 1943

Dramatic photos taken in the wake of a devastating World War II bombing raid on Aberdeen are being exhibited for the first time.

The images, from the Grampian Police archive, are believed to have been taken by officers.

They show the effects of a Luftwaffe raid in 1943 in which 125 people died.

The shots will be exhibited at the Deemouth Business Centre, South Esplanade East, from Saturday until Sunday 14 February.

The 35 black and white images are being shown by the Limousine Bull artists' collective alongside modern-day images to compare how the areas now look.

The images show, quite graphically, the shocking levels of devastation inflicted on Aberdeen during the second World War
Fiona-Jane Brown
Grampian Police curator

Many of the images will be accompanied by audio clips of some of the survivors of Aberdeen's Blitz, recounting their memories.

Grampian Police curator Fiona-Jane Brown said it was an important collection.

"The images show, quite graphically, the shocking levels of devastation inflicted on Aberdeen during the second World War," she said.

"[A total of] 129 bombs fell on the city that day, which resulted in the deaths of 98 civilians and 27 servicemen and caused damage and destruction of the scale which has never been seen since.

"The images had been long forgotten about for decades in the police archive.

"When we came across them we knew they would be of interest not just to those who remember the war, but to art, history and architecture students, school pupils, heritage groups and anyone else with an interest in the city's history."

Deborah Wickham, of Limousine Bull, said: "The emotional impact obviously still looms large in the lives of those affected. This is a unique opportunity for us to present an exhibition that will engage a wider audience."



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