Special event

Local historian Chris Kilminster – who lost members of his own family during the Bath Blitz – has arranged a Remembrance Service – to mark the 80th anniversary of this terrible event – to be held at Shaftesbury Road Gardens on Saturday, 23 April at 11.00 am.

Chris says “All the children who died during the Blitz will have their names and ages read out during the Service, some 63 to date, which includes the Good Friday raid in 1941, Twerton High Street, and the Dolemeads at Widcombe.  

We will pay our respects to all victims who perished in 1941 and April 25th – 27th 1942.  The Mayor (Councillor June Player) will be in attendance and lay a floral tribute.  The ‘Sassparella’ all-female singers will sing several war-time songs and will be dressed in 1940s attire.  Everyone will be so welcome to attend this Service.”

During World War II, the City of Bath was bombed on 25 April to 27 April 1942 as part of the so-called “Baedeker raids”, in which targets were chosen for their cultural and historical, rather than their strategic or military, value.