Trail tells story of night of Blitz terror for city

Sheffield Blitz 12th December 1940'Marples Hotel - making injured comfortable
Sheffield Blitz 12th December 1940'Marples Hotel - making injured comfortable
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More details have emerged of a proposed Sheffield Blitz Memorial Trail to mark the 75th anniversary of the devastating attack on the city.

The Star is backing the proposed trail which would take people around the city centre with special memorial plaques at 16 key places that were hit by bombs dropped by mass Nazi air attacks on Sheffield on the nights of December 12 and 15, 1940.

These are:

n Atkinsons, The Moor

n Site of Central Picture House, The Moor (plus another possible site on The Moor, marking either Robert Brothers or Redgates)

n Marples Hotel site, Fitzalan Square

n Sheffield City Hall

n Central Library/Library Theatre

n Sheffield Town Hall

n Devonshire Green

n Site of Change Alley

n Bramall Lane football ground

n Site of C&A Modes building, High Street

n Fire station building on Division Street or old fire station, Shalesmoor

n Site of Walsh’s building

n Castle Market area

n Weston Park Museum

n The Wicker Arches

n Midland rail station.

Local history writer Neil Anderson, who is spearheading the proposal as part of two years of events telling the story, wants to know what Star readers think about the proposed sites.

Is there anywhere else that you believe is an obvious candidate for a plaque?

The Star is backing an appeal to raise £15,000 from the people of Sheffield to help fund the estimated £150,000 cost of the project.

Most importantly, donating to the appeal will give people the chance to have the names of loved ones inscribed into the plaques as a permanent memorial to the victims of the attacks.

Neil has teamed up with project manager Richard Godley and heritage interpreter Bill Bevan and the trio are submitting a Heritage Lottery Fund bid to secure finances to ensure that the victims of the Blitz in Sheffield are never forgotten.

You can help too. Giving as little as £10 can help ensure that this project happens.

Anyone who donates £10 can have a name included in a book that Neil is writing, outlining what happened hour by hour. Anyone who gives £100 can have the name of a loved one inscribed on a plaque.

To support the appeal, log on to www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sheffield-blitz-75th.

Donations can also be made to Sheffield Blitz Memorial Trust bank account (account 52118665, sort code 54-41-47) or cheques sent to Sheffield Blitz Memorial Trust, 88 Abbeydale Road South, Millhouses, Sheffield S7 2QP.