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Memories of the Plymouth blitz
A WWII photo
Memories and images from the Plymouth blitz have been passed down in the project

By Laura Joint
BBC Devon

Survivors of the devastating blitz of Plymouth during WWII have been passing on their memories as part of an oral history project in the city.

The project has resulted in the release of a DVD, called Tell Us About Your War.

Some 1,250 citizens died in the Plymouth blitz. Many people lost loved ones and some had narrow escapes.

Twenty-five survivors have been interviewed by students at four schools in the project which spans generations.

Students aged between five and 20-years-old from Plymouth City College, Devonport High School for Girls, Hyde Park Junior School and Plymouth College carried out the interviews - learning in the process how to operate camera, sound and recording equipment.

Watch John Danks' report for Spotlight

Proceeds from the sale of the 90-minute DVD will help to fund a memorial to those who died. The memorial is planned at Ford Park Cemetery, which has led the project with the help of a lottery grant.

Chairman of the Ford Park Cemetery Trust, Dr Henry Will, said: "This Project goes to the heart of what we are trying to do at Ford Park, namely drawing the community together and recording and honouring its history.

"The engagement of today's young generation with their contemporaries of 70 years ago has produced a riveting narrative which is a remarkable tribute to the courage, stoicism and humour of those who lived through those difficult years, as well as to the skill both of the children who interviewed them and of those who supported them."

The complete recorded interviews, totalling nearly 30 hours, will be archived at the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office.

Our two-minute film report from Spotlight's John Danks features interviews with Blitz survivors Jean Elder and John Read, students from Devonport High School for Girls, and Dr Henry Will.

The Tell Us About Your War DVD is available from the Ford Park Cemetery Office, price £5 plus £2 p&p. To obtain a copy contact the Cemetery Office on 01752 665442.




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