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Audio slideshow: Southampton Blitz

2010 marks the 70th anniversary of the German air raids that devastated much of
Southampton during World War II. Three major raids at the end of November 1940
flattened much of the then town - the resulting fires could be seen
burning from Cherbourg.

Blitz survivor, Jim Brown was nine years old at the time, living in Northumberland Road
with his parents and 14-month-old sister - he relives Southampton's darkest hour.

A commemoration service is being held at St Mary's Church, Southampton, 19:00 November 30 -
the 70th anniversary of the day the church lost its roof in the Blitz.

Blitz walks will visit some of the many vaults that were used as air-raid shelters and point out
some of the significant above ground sites. The walks will begin each day at 12pm at the Bargate
on 30 November and 1 December.

A Blitz exhibition featuring documents and photographs from Southampton City Council's archives
showing preparations for bombing, the raids, the aftermath and how life in Southampton
continued is on display in the Civic Centre.

All images subject to copyright.

Tuesday, 30 November 1900 GMT.


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