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Remember the Coventry Blitz with a series of events
Ellie Paskell and Helen Sheals in One Night in November
The deeply moving play One Night in November returns to the Belgrade Theatre

Throughout November, there will be a series of events in Coventry to mark the 70th anniversary of the blitz on the city.

They will focus mainly on the weekend of the 13 and 14 November, but there will also be coverage in the weeks leading up to it.

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire has been remembering the anniversary with the Beyond the Blitz series.

We will include some of the city-wide events on this page.

At the cathedral and the War Memorial Park

Sunday, 14 November is not only the anniversary of the Coventry Blitz, but is also Remembrance Sunday. There will be an early morning church service to mark the anniversary at Coventry Cathedral and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between 0745-0850 hrs.

There will also be a civic service at the cathedral between 1800 - 1915 hrs. All are welcome to join the Lord Mayor and the Lord Lieutenant for the West Midlands for a special commemoration. There will also be a special moment for reflection that coincides with the time that the air raid sirens first sounded 70 years ago.

The cathedral will remain open until midnight and will include performances by choirs, poets and artists. There will also be a light display in the ruins and all are welcome to light a candle and take time to reflect.

Between 1045-1200 hrs, there will also be a Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade in the War Memorial Park.

One Night in November at the Belgrade Theatre

The play, One Night in November, is back by popular demand at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry - and this time it is on the main stage. It tells the story of a Coventry family in November 1940 and the love story between a code breaker at Bletchley Park and 18-year old Kate. It all builds up to the 14 November and the harrowing night for the family and the rest of the city. This hugely gripping and dramatic play also looks at the suggestion that Winston Churchill had advanced warning of the raid.

Hamish Glen, the theatre's artistic director and director of the play, said: "One Night in November has really struck a chord with audiences and I am delighted that we are able to revive the show for the third time in as many years. I'm especially pleased to be adapting the play for the Main Stage, as this allows us to do things on a much bigger scale and to really capture the sense of what it feels like to be at the mercy of such a dreadful aerial bomb attack."

For tickets and further details, please visit the Belgrade Theatre's website:

Coventry Transport Museum

On Saturday, 13 November, the Coventry Transport Museum is holding the Coventry Blitz commemoration ball, which will feature music from the John Miller Orchestra (nephew of Glenn Miller). It will also include a one minute silence to remember the victims of the blitz, a raffle (with proceeds going to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal) and the Coventry Scout Gang Show.

The event starts at 1900 hrs and will also include a three course meal. Tickets are priced at £40 and can be booked by telephoning 02476 234270 or by visiting the Coventry Transport Museum website:

The museum will also be hosting a blitz family day, in partnership with the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, on Saturday, 13 November between 1000-1630 hrs. Activities will include encounters with a fire engine from the blitz, a 1940s dance class, explore a blitz street, learn how to grow your own vegetables and much more. You can even have your hair set into a 1940s style and have a family portrait taken in an air raid shelter. Further details can be found on the museum's website.

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

In partnership with the Coventry Transport Museum, the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum will also be holding a blitz family day. Some of the activities will include ARP training, experience with make do and mend cosmetics and toys, story telling, shelter training and lots of other hands-on events. There will also be an opportunity to watch the film Moonlight Sonata. You can even stamp your ration book once you have completed each activity at the Hebert Art Gallery and the Coventry Transport Museum.

For further details, please visit the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum website:

Coventry Market

Wartime re-enactors
Re-enactors will be taking Coventry Market back to 1940

Between 13 and 20 November, Coventry Market is going back to 1940. There will be a book for people to share their blitz memories and an Anderson shelter will be built in the market.

Re-enactment groups will be in the market on Saturday, 13 and Saturday 20 November and will include a bombed-out washday display.

For a full list of events marking the anniversary, please visit the Coventry City Council website to download their special leaflet:

Please bookmark this page as we will be adding further details of BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's on-air coverage of the anniversary nearer the time.


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