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Reading town centre bomb victims remembered

A ceremony to mark the anniversary of a Second World War bomb attack on Reading in which 41 people were killed and many others injured has taken place near to the site of the tragedy.

A short ceremony was led by the Deputy Mayor of Reading Cllr David Stevens in Town Hall Square at lunchtime (Mon).

A wreath was laid at a commemorative plaque to remember the people who lost their lives when a lone German plane dropped four 500kg bombs in Reading town centre on 10th February 1943.

Pupils from St Mary’s & All Saints Primary School attended the ceremony adding a wreath they have made in school.

Representatives of the Royal British Legion have previously visited the school and described to pupils what it was like being a child in the war.

The photo above shows shrapnel damage from the bomb which is still visible on nearby St Laurence's Church. 

Many of those killed in the bombing had been in The People’s Pantry, just opposite the Town Hall, which had been set up as an emergency feeding centre offering cheap meals to help supplement rationed food. A bomb passed through the roof of the building and detonated close to the Town Hall.

A commemorative plaque was unveiled seven years ago as part of the 70th anniversary event to remember all those killed, plus the 150 others who were injured.

One of the survivor's of the Reading raid was a young audio engineer called Michael Bond, he would go on to find fame as the author of Paddingston Bear.

On the same afternoon in a separate raid more than a dozen people were killed in Newbury town centre.

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