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Bethnal Green Tube Disaster remembered by survivor

PUBLISHED: 18:34 16 November 2010

Alf Morris, survivor of the 1943 Bethnal Green tube disaster, lays a wreath at the station on November 13

Alf Morris, survivor of the 1943 Bethnal Green tube disaster, lays a wreath at the station on November 13

Olivia Harris, (+44) 7881 810 878, www.oliviaharrisphotos.com

A survivor of the 1943 Bethnal Green Tube Disaster in which 173 people died and over 90 were injured, visited the underground station on Saturday (November 13) to pay his respects.

Alf Morris, 79, of Hornchurch, laid a wreath on the railings outside the station to mark the worst civilian disaster in the UK during the Second World War.

He timed his visit to coincide with the Remembrance Day weekend and collected money for the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust, of which he is the chairman.

Mr Morris, who was 13 at the time, was pulled from a crush inside the stairwell by an air raid warden called Maude Chumbley.

He visited her grave this year after being put in touch with her granddaughter.

Mr Morris said: “I’ve half-completed my quest to honour those people and my life will be complete when I get this memorial up.

“It was a terrible thing and unless you were there you can’t describe it.”

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