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Tube memorial campaigners win Boris’s backing

PUBLISHED: 22:00 25 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:29 05 October 2010

A DELEGATION of campaigners fighting to get a memorial to the Londoners killed in the 1943 Bethnal Green air raid shelter disaster during the Second World War has got the Mayor of London’s backing. The Stairways to Heaven’ memorial campaign trust secured Boris Johnson’s promised support in a meeting at City Hall

A DELEGATION of campaigners fighting to get a memorial to the Londoners killed in the 1943 Bethnal Green air raid shelter disaster during the Second World War has got the Mayor of London's backing.

The 'Stairways to Heaven' memorial trust secured Boris Johnson's promised support in a meeting at City Hall.

They discussed the disaster when 173 men, women and children were crushed to death and 90 others injured in a stampede on March 3, 1943, trying to get into the new Underground station not yet open which was being used as a shelter.

The Mayor was moved by the account of the tragedy given by Alf Morris, one of the survivors who was a boy of 13 when he was pulled clear by an air raid warden.

Alf, now 78, handed Boris a Remembrance book containing the list of those who died in the tragedy regarded as Britain's worst wartime civilian disaster.

The Mayor is sending a letter for the campaign trust to circulate, urging businesses and the public to sponsor the memorial or give donations towards the £650,000 needed to build it.

The campaigners are hoping to start erecting it next year if they raise enough cash in time, to ensure the disaster does not remain London's 'forgotten tragedy.'

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