Plaque to mark Blitz devastation

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A PLAQUE to mark the devastation of the Sheffield Blitz will be unveiled on Sunday.

It will be in the entrance of Atkinsons department store. The original building was flattened, along with much of The Moor, on the night of December 12 and 13, 1940.

The unveiling ceremony will be performed at 2pm by Terry Deary, creator of the multi-million selling Horrible Histories series and author of ‘Put Out The Light’, set in the Sheffield Blitz.

It is part of a Sheffield Blitz & 1940s Day, from 11am to 3pm, which will feature memorabilia, re-enactors, military vehicles and air raid sirens. There will be an Anderson Shelter, a demonstration in how to deal with an unexploded bomb, a George Formby tribute act and German bombing maps of Sheffield.

The first Sheffield Blitz Memorial Trail plaque has been funded by Atkinsons and The Moor Retailers’ Association.

Nearly a fifth of the city was left homeless after two Luftwaffe raids in December 1940 that killed and injured over 2,000 people.