Businesses and organisations keen to help commemorate the Sheffield Blitz are being urged to come forward and help with a Heritage Lottery Fund bid.
A Sheffield group is in the final stages of putting together a bid for lottery cash to fund a project to mark the 75th anniversary of German bombing raids on Sheffield in December 1940, which left 2,00 people dead and wounded.
The Second World War raids left nearly a tenth of the city homeless, with most suburbs affected.
Sheffield author Neil Anderson started the drive for more to be done commemorate the attacks following the publication of his ‘Sheffield’s Date With Hitler’ book about the attacks in 2010.
He has now teamed up with project manager Richard Godley and heritage interpreter Bill Bevan and the trio are in the final stages of putting together a Heritage Lottery Fund bid to tell the bid story of the Sheffield Blitz.
If successful with their bid for lottery cash they hope to establish a heritage trail to highlight the areas hit by the bombs.
They also hope to collect personal memories from city folk to produce an ‘hour by hour’, ‘day-by-day’ book to tell the Sheffield story from those who were there at the time.
The cash would also pay for a permanent and travelling exhibition.
The bid has already received letters of support from Horrible Histories creator Terry Deary, Atkinsons of Sheffield, The Moor and Sheffield City Council. The Star is also a partner.
Now match funding and sponsorship is needed.
Mr Anderson said: “When I researched my book I was continually surprised about how little there was to mark the attacks. Our project intends to change that forever. We’re now keen to hear from businesses and organisations that want to be partners and help achieve our aims.”
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