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Final piece of memorial plinth in place for Britain's worst wartime civilian tragedy

PUBLISHED: 21:30 24 September 2012

Archicture Harry Paticas from Arboreal Architecture (middle) explains the meaning of one of the stones of the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust, built to remember the 173 victims who died in the Bethnal Green Tube disaster in 1943.

Archicture Harry Paticas from Arboreal Architecture (middle) explains the meaning of one of the stones of the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust, built to remember the 173 victims who died in the Bethnal Green Tube disaster in 1943.

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The final piece of the jigsaw plinth for the permanent memorial to those killed in Britain's worst wartime civilian disaster has been put in place.

An image of the final appareance of the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust, built to remember the 173 victims who died in the Bethnal Green Tube disaster in 1943.An image of the final appareance of the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust, built to remember the 173 victims who died in the Bethnal Green Tube disaster in 1943.

The last of three 40ft concrete structures was hoisted into place at Bethnal Green in London’s East End on Thursday—just yards from the sport where 173 men, women, children and babies were crushed to death nearly 70 years ago.

The Stairway to Heaven trust still needs another £120,000 for the memorial to the tragedy which occurred on the steps leading down to the half-built Bethnal Green Underground station which was being used as a deep-level public air-raid shelter.

Tragedy struck when the crowds were hurrying into the shelter during a sudden air-raid alert and a women pushing a pram tripped and fell at the bottom of the staircase—others fell on top of her.

Ex-Bucks Fizz singer Cheryl Baker performs at St John on Betnnal Green church next month as part of the fundraising for the £470,000 memorial.

She tops the bill on October 6 with two of her former Bucks Fizz partners Mike Nolan and Jay Aston.

Supporting them are Cheryl’s daughters Natalie and Kyla Stroud, singer-songwriters in their own right.

Tickets are £20 advance only, from The Fountain pub in Sceptre Road, phone 020-8980 4010.

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