East End library remembers the Blitz

PUBLISHED: 16:59 27 August 2010

Bomb damage Bethnal Green Library 7th Sept 1940, has since been rebuilt to same design

Bomb damage Bethnal Green Library 7th Sept 1940, has since been rebuilt to same design

Tower Hamlets local history library, Bancroft Road

A HISTORIC East End building which was bombed at the beginning of the Blitz is marking the 70th anniversary of the Nazi bombing of Britain with a series of talks.

The event at Bethnal Green Library on Saturday (September 4) includes book readings from London Belongs to Me by Norman Collins and Night Watch by Sarah Waters by an actress dressed in 1940s costume.

There will be speakers from the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust who are raising £650,000 for a memorial in Bethnal Green Gardens for a memorial to the 173 people killed in the 1943 tube disaster in Bethnal Green. Historian

Sean Dettman will be talking about his book: ‘The Bethnal Green Tube Shelter Disaster: A Stairway to Heaven’.

The library on Cambridge Heath Road was damaged during the early days of the Blitz and lending services transferred for a time into the tube station which had not yet been opened to passengers.

The restored library reopened to customers within months.

The event starts at 1pm and will be opened by councillor Denise Jones who is responsible for Tower Hamlets council’s cultural services.

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