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
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
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
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.
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