OCT 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Sirens To Sound To Remember Blitz
raid sirens will sound in Coventry next month as the city marks
the 60th anniversary of the blitz.
was 14 November 1940 when German bombers carpeted the city with
explosives, targeting the factories that were supplying the Allied
than 1,000 people lost their lives as Coventry became the first
city in the war to be the victim of such an attack, and the
cathedral and many other buildings were left in ruins.
CATHEDRAL AFTER THE ATTACK
are now encouraging people to join in a two-minute silence at 1pm
on Tuesday 14 November to remember what had happened.
ceremony will be held under the Broadgate canopy featuring Blitz
survivors, representatives from the civilian services that lost
colleagues, and VIPs from Dresden – now Coventry’s twin city
after it too suffered at the hands of bombers in the war.
City of Coventry Children’s Choir will sing at 12.45pm and the
Lord Mayor will ask the city to reflect on the past.
12.59pm an air raid siren will sound, followed by a two-minute
silence. During this time a Union Jack will be lowered on the
footbridge in the precinct between Marks and Spencer and BHS.
all-clear will sound, and there will be a poem about the Blitz
called “The Heart of an Age-Old City”, which was written by a
nine-year-old child in 1940, prayers and a choir.
experiences in the blitz will be on show at the Herbert Art
Gallery, and there will also be a Blitz exhibition at the Museum
of British Road Transport.
Nations Assistant Secretary General Graf Hans Von Sponeck will be
presented with the Coventry International Prize for Peace and
Reconciliation at 3.30pm in the cathedral ruins, and he will
deliver a lecture at 4pm.
the evening there will be a performance of Britten’s War Requiem
in Coventry Cathedral.
Mayor, Cllr Sheila Collins, said:
hope that all Coventry citizens feel able to join in this two
minute silence to reflect on the city’s darkest hour and to
continue our commitment to peace, reconciliation and friendship.
survivors have seen the city transform from rubble into a
thriving multicultural community and I feel that this event will
be an opportunity for us to look ahead to an even better
will also be a two minutes silence in West Orchards Shopping
Centre on Saturday 11 November at 11am to mark Armistice Day.
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