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King's Lynn bombing to be commemorated

Rescue workers pick over the debris after the Eagle Hotel in King's Lynn was bombed during WWII. Picture: Ian Burt

Rescue workers pick over the debris after the Eagle Hotel in King's Lynn was bombed during WWII. Picture: Ian Burt

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A bombing in King's Lynn in which 42 people died will be commemorated as part of the town's Heritage Open Days event.

Bar Red Landlady Claire Biggs outside of the pub, where a 1940's event is being held at the weekend in King's Lynn. Picture: Matthew Usher.Bar Red Landlady Claire Biggs outside of the pub, where a 1940's event is being held at the weekend in King's Lynn. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Bombs were unleased on the town centre in an air raid on June 12, 1942.

One bomb hit the Eagle Hotel in Norfolk Street, which was packed with customers, including servicemen celebrating a colleague’s 21st birthday.

All the casualties were those at or near the hotel, which was completely destroyed by the bomb. It was rebuilt in the 1950s and is now known as Bar Red.

A fund-raising 1940s party hosted by the Bridge for Heroes military charity will be held at the pub, from 6-11pm on Sunday, September 13.

Events will include a commemoration service, and a hog roast provided by Van Pelt Butchers. There will also be a band playing throughout the evening, and people are encouraged to come in period dress.

Mike Taylor, founder of Bridge For Heroes, said: “It is a fantastic opportunity for people to dress up in 1940s gear and attend a fantastic event. The event looks to raise vital funds for the charity to continue to look after over 60 veterans of the armed services, and their families including children.”

Claire Biggs, landlady at Bar Red, said: “We’re looking forward to it, and hope we can raise as much as we can for such a great charity.”

Meanwhile, the charity and its Living History Civil Defence Group will be opening the Tuesday Market Place air raid shelters for free and offering guided tours, from 10am until 4pm on September 13.

The event at Bar Red is ticketed. Tickets can be bought on the door, or at Bar Red beforehand.

Did a member of your family die during the bombing. Let us know. Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk



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