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Newham tells its local Blitz stories


Children remember the Blitz with poems

Newham Council is hosting a special exhibition to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Blitz in London.

"Black Saturday - stories from the Blitz" will feature photos and first hand accounts from local people who recall the first few days of the German bombing campaign.

In the video above, watch current school children from Year 6 of Hallsville School in Canning Town recite their poems about the Blitz.

Here is a selection of the archive photographs and eye-witness recollections that feature in the 'Black Saturday' exhibition.

North Woolwich station

Woolwich station

Cyril Demarne of West Ham Fire Brigade:

The whole area was cut off, and it got so bad that the authorities decided to evacuate the entire civil population from North Woolwich

Manor Road buildings

Manor Road

Eric Green:

quote hereThis went on for about three hours, the whistling of bombs falling and the ground shaking from the explosions. We all thought it was our lot.

Gillman's Dare Devils


Alderman George Blaker:

Runners had to be sent out to the Wardens Posts. They were called 'Gillmans Dare Devils'... We are proud of them for what they did in the hour of their country's greatest need.

Abbey Road Depot

Abbey Road Depot

This council works depot was being used as a Air Raid Precautions station in case of a gas attack.

It suffered a direct attack on Saturday 7 September and 13 men were killed.

Hallsville School


Bill Bartley:

I was 18 at the time of the school bombing. We all rushed over to the school and for the next 7 or 8 hours we were helping to get the bodies out of the debris.

All images courtesy of Newham Council.

The exhibition can be seen at the following places and times:

Monday 6th September
11am - 3pm
St. Bartholomew's Church, Barking Road, E6 3BA

Tuesday 7th September
11am - 3pm
St. Luke's Centre, Tarling Road, London E16 3NN

Wednesday 8th September
10am - 4pm
Stratford Library, The Grove, E15 1EL

Thursday 9th September
1pm - 3pm
Royal Docks Activity & Learning Centre, Albert Road, E16 2JB

Friday 10th September
11am - 3pm
Durning Hall, Earlham Grove, E7 9AB

Monday 20th September until 31st October
9am - 5.30pm
Stratford Old Town Hall
29 Broadway, E15 4BQ

More information: Newham Story

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