MORE than 50 people turned out to remember the civilians who lost their lives in Doncaster’s worst bombing raid of the Second World War.
A special service was held at the Rose Hill Cemetery chapel to mark the 70th anniversary of the attack on May 9, 1941, which killed 16 people in Weston Road, Balby and Ellers Avenue, Bessacarr.
The service had special resonance for Cantley pensioner Margery White, who lost relatives in the blast from a parachute mine.
Mrs White, aged 78, had campaigned for yesterday’s event to be held and wrote to Doncaster’s Elected Mayor Peter Davies to seek greater official recognition of their sacrifice.
She was only eight-years-old when the bomb claimed the lives of her teenage uncles, Arthur and Alfred Nortrop.
Another member of their family Ray Nortrop also attended the service.
The bodies of those killed that night were buried in a single row at Rose Hill.
It was the worst single loss of life in Doncaster during the war.
The borough escaped the blitz lightly compared to neighbouring Sheffield and other cities.
The service was led by the Rev Canon Dr Paul Shackerley, from Doncaster Minster, and attended by Mr Davies and the Civic Mayor, Coun Ken Knight.
Pupils from Balby Carr Community Sports and Science College helped with the wreath-laying ceremony.