During the Blitz homes, churches, factories, schools and many other places across London were destroyed - leaving thousands of people dead, injured or homeless.
On the night of October 13th, 1940, hundreds of people had taken refuge inside the Air Raid Shelter in the basement of the Coronation Avenue flats. The building received a direct hit from a bomb and by the next morning over 160 of the people sheltering there had died.
It's now the 70th anniversary of this terrible incident and a group of local people are organising ways to commemorate what happened on that night. We are trying to arrange for a memorial plaque to be placed on the building, and a local heritage project to collect stories and make a permanent resource. There have been many messages of support so far and it's clear that many people feel that something should be done to commemorate this tragic event.
The aim is to raise £5000 and have a plaque put on the building by March 2011. We need the support of local people! Here are some ways to get involved:
- Make a donation via the Timeline website
- Email us to let us know what you think of the plans - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tell other people locally
- Organise a cake sale at your school (we were out at the Farmers Market last weekend raffling a blue plaque cake!)