Some of you may remember I posted some photographs on remembrance day last year, taken during a visit to Normandy which I made the previous June alongside veterans of the Second World War.
It is such a privilege to join these men in their pilgrimage and listen to their stories and I’m fortunate enough to have this opportunity each year at the moment because I’m closely involved with a charity called D-Day Revisited, whose main objective is to give Normandy veterans the opportunity to return to France to commemorate the anniversaries of the D-Day Landings which took place 6th June 1944. Of course all charities rely on donations… so this year we decided to fundraise by hosting a people’s event to mark the 70th anniversary of the most intense week of bombing Merseyside endured during World War II – known locally as “the May Blitz”.
The event began on Saturday 30th April when the air raid siren sounded and a formal wreath laying ceremony took place, in memory of the thousands of civilians who lost their lives during the Blitz on Merseyside. This was followed by three days of 1940s-themed entertainment and education in celebration of the enduring spirit of Liverpool! Thanks to the well-known generosity of the people of Merseyside, we were able to raise over £8000 for our veterans’ charities, but most importantly the event was appreciated by many people who were given the opportunity to wander down memory lane; recalling and sharing their own experiences from that terrifying time in the city’s history.
I managed to snap a few pictures during the weekend and thought I’d share a few of them with you…
If you are interested in learning more about the Liverpool Blitz 70! event or the Blitz on Merseyside, pop along to the event website www.liverpoolblitz70.co.uk