Appeal for those who saw city bombing

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A HUNT is on for witnesses to the devastating World War II raid which destroyed most of Sheffield’s main shopping thoroughfares.

The Moor was one of the worst hit areas during a nine hour attack on the city by the Luftwaffe on the evening of December 12, 1940.

Though the area was mercifully largely free of pedestrians, bar those being evacuated from pubs and cinemas in the area, department stores like Atkinsons, Redgates, Roberts Brothers and others were completely flattened.

Many remained bombsites for years. Atkinsons, for example, didn’t rebuild its new store until two decades later, in 1960.

Now eyewitnesses are being sought to help raise money for an appeal to mark the events of that night.

City author Neil Anderson is now looking for personal stories about the attacks on The Moor and the aftermath for a book that’s set to be published later this year and which will be a fundraiser for the Sheffield Blitz Memorial Fund.

The campaign is looking to raise £20,000 to fund the Sheffield Blitz Memorial Trail which will have markers fixed on key sites around the city centre.

The first plaque was unveiled in the entrance to Atkinsons department stores in December - and another nine are planned.

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