Blitz survivor set to host commemoration event – one year on
30 November 2021
The 80th anniversary of two of the darkest nights in city’s history is set to be commemorated next month.
The Sheffield Blitz killed and wounded over 2,000 people in December 1940 and made nearly a tenth of the city’s population homeless. The devastating attacks changed the face of the city forever and flattened much of the city centre.
Sheffield Cathedral – the venue for the nine-hour long event – miraculously survived.
The event is set to include the screening of a rare Sheffield Blitz film; remembrance service; exhibition; World War Two re-enactors and display of vintage military vehicles and memorabilia and the launch of the 10thanniversary edition of ‘Sheffield’s Date With Hitler’ – the book that was turned into BBC documentary ‘Sheffield – The Forgotten Blitz’.
The event is set to take place on Thursday, December 9th, from 12 noon until 9pm, and is being organised by Sheffield Cathedral, the National Emergency Services Museum, Sheffield’s Date With Hitler author Neil Anderson and Richard Godley, project manager for Sheffield Blitz 75th.
Councillor Terry Fox, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “The Sheffield Blitz changed the face of the city in December 1940 and it’s important that we mark this significant anniversary. So much of the city was destroyed, many local people lost everything but the spirit and unity of Sheffielders shone through and everyone came together to rebuild the city and their lives.
“We must never forget the sacrifices people made, the generosity people shared and the strength of community in the face of adversity. We can still learn a lot from that today and I hope all of Sheffield will join me to reflect on the enormous efforts that have led us to where we are today – a thriving, vibrant and progressive city.”
There was hardly an area of the city centre that escaped unscathed in the devastating raid that took place over two nights. Much of The Moor, High Street, Castle Market and the Devonshire Street area was destroyed along with great swathes of the suburbs.
Keith Farrow, vice dean at Sheffield Cathedral, said: “We’re trying to organise a day that both educates people on what happened to Sheffield in World War Two but also allows people to come together to remember the incredible sacrifices that were made by the local population”.
The military vehicles will be on display from 12 noon until 6pm. The remembrance service will take place at 7pm.
Neil Anderson, author of ‘Sheffield’s Date With Hitler’ said: “Covid halted plans for our original planned event in December 2020 and we’re very grateful for the support of Sheffield City Council that has finally allowed this 80thcommemoration event to happen – one year one.”
The event is free.
More information from www.sheffieldcathedral.org