Portsmouth's worst Blitz experiences remembered

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A week of events will be held in Portsmouth to commemorate the city's heaviest bombing raids in the Second World War.

Blitz 70 will mark the seventieth anniversary of the night of January 10 1941, in which large parts of the city, including the Guildhall, were destroyed by Nazi bombs.

On Monday, January 10, from 11.30am, Portsmouth Cathedral, Old Portsmouth is holding a memorial service to remember those killed at 101 High Street. A plaque will be unveiled after the service.

On the same day, from 12.30pm, there will be a service in memory of all those killed during the Blitz, including the 171 Portsmouth residents killed on January 10, 1941.

The names of those who died will be read out by residents, survivors, relatives and dignitaries. The names of all civilians and armed forces personnel killed will be read out, a total of more than 3,000 people.

The following Sunday, January 16, will see a service held at Portsmouth Cathedral, Old Portsmouth, to remember those who died.

Starting at 11.15am, it will include survivors sharing their experiences.

On the same day, the cathedral will host an exhibition of images showing the impact the blitz had on Portsmouth.

And also on Sunday 16, Southsea's D-Day Museum, on Clarence Esplanade, will show a selection of wartime films from the archives of London's Imperial War Museum. For details, call Portsmouth City Council on (023) 9283 4109.