Wartime event at Norwich Arts Centre marks the 70th anniversary of the Baedeker Raids

People of all ages were able to learn about how Norwich was affected by the Blitz at a special event held at Norwich Arts Centre to mark the 70th anniversary of the Baedeker Raids on Saturday.

People were invited to come along and share their wartime memories, look at a photography exhibition showing how Norwich was affected by the Baedeker Raids, and listen to wartime music.

There was also the chance to take part in a tour through some of the streets affected by the raids, and writer Steve Snelling and photographer Nick Stone were there to discuss their work related to the Norwich Blitz.

Children were given the chance to take part in a dig for victory workshop and also to think about how they would have rebuilt Orford Place after it was destroyed in the war.

Eleven-year-old Maysie Smiles, from Wood Dalling, planted green beans and radishes, and she was there with her parents Vicky and Julian and nine-year-old brother Jed to take part in the different activities.

Her mum said: 'It is good for the children to learn about what their grandparents would have experienced, and it is also related to what is happening in other countries today and what other children have to live through.'

Birthday girl Antonia Pritchard, from Thorpe St Andrew and who turns nine on Monday, was there with her parents Darren and Bernice, her brother Roscoe, six, and three friends. The party had dressed in 1940s attire for the occasion and had a go at digging for victory and also spent time looking at the wartime photographs.

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Meanwhile The Friends of Norwich City Station - which was destroyed in the first Baedeker blitz of April 1942 - hosted an open day on Saturday to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Baedeker Raids and revive memories of the station that was based near the Barn Road roundabout.

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