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Survivors relive memories of Britain’s worst wartime disaster

PUBLISHED: 23:06 13 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:33 05 October 2010

SURVIVORS of the 1943 Bethnal Green air-raid disaster in London’s East End are speaking in public on Saturday about their experiences—just yards from where the tragedy struck. The survivors included Alf Morris, now aged 79, who was a schoolboy of 13 when an air-raid warden pulled him clear of the crush

SURVIVORS of the 1943 Bethnal Green air-raid disaster in London’s East End are speaking in public on Saturday about their experiences—just yards from where the tragedy struck.

The survivors include Alf Morris, now aged 79, who was a schoolboy of 13 when an air-raid warden pulled him clear of the crush just in time.

He has since been leading a campaign to raise £600,000 for a permanent memorial in Bethnal Green Gardens to those who died 66 years ago.

Alf is joined by other survivors at Bethnal Green Library at 11am on Saturday, when they relive their memories and reveal plans for their Stairway to Heaven’ memorial.

Fears of an imminent air raid led to a stampede in which 173 men, women and children were crushed to death on the stairs leading down to the underground shelter. It was Britain’s worst wartime civilian disaster.


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