BLITZ survivors in Sheffield have shared their vivid memories in a new book backed by The Star to raise funds for a memorial trail, writes Graham Walker.
Forgotten Memories From A Forgotten Blitz features the remarkable real-life stories of people like 94-year-old Doug Lightning, reputed to be the last surviving fireman who was on duty on both nights of the Sheffield Blitz.
He was joined by Joyce Spurr, now aged 91, who emerged from a city centre public air raid shelter to help co-ordinate the city-wide relief effort.
Maurice Wilkinson was also there, one of the last people to visit Change Alley’s historic King’s Head Hotel before it was blasted out of existence that same night in December 1940.
Author Neil Anderson, 46, says all book profits will go towards the £15,000 cost of a Sheffield Blitz Memorial Trail, a plaque-marked educational walk around the city.
The book is out now, priced £12.95, from The Star Shop, York Street, Sheffield city centre.
* Trail donations should be made payable to Sheffield Blitz Memorial Fund and sent to ACM Retro, The Grange, Church Street, Dronfield, SHEFFIELD S18 1QB.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch Nik Brear’s exclusive video report including interviews with some of the blitz survivors who are also featured in the book.