Belfast Blitz: List of 75th anniversary events

Aftermath of the Belfast Blitz, 1941
Aftermath of the Belfast Blitz, 1941

At 10.45am today at St George’s Market in central Belfast, city Lord Mayor Arder Carson will unveil a memorial plaque to mark the anniversary.

The Market was one of three sites which were used as temporary mortuaries, the others being the Falls and Peter’s Hill Baths, where plaques are also being erected.

Further plaques will be installed in the coming weeks at sites around Belfast where significant losses of life occurred.

From 12 noon until 3pm, an event will take place at the Northern Ireland War Memorial in Talbot Street, open to all.

There will be a minute’s silence, during which the names of 960 civilians killed in the Blitz will be displayed. A wreath will also be laid.

Among those in attendance will be representatives of the Republic of Ireland’s fire service, which dispatched men and equipment to aid Belfast’s firefighters during the Nazi raids.

A lecture by Dr Brian Barton, author of The Belfast Blitz: The City in the War Years will be held at the Bobbin coffee shop to the rear of City Hall from 6.30pm to 8pm. However, this has now sold out.

After that there will be a “sound and light presentation” in the City Hall grounds.

A Blitz family open day at the Talbot Street War Memorial takes place on Saturday between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

On Sunday, a service will be held at 3.30pm in St Anne’s Cathedral in conjunction with St Patrick’s Church, Donegall Street. It is open to all.

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