Sacred Space Could Honour Blitz Victims

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Sacred Space Could Honour Blitz Victims


Byline: By Ben Glaze South Wales Echo

A memorial to Cardiff's 360 blitz victims is likely to be built in a quiet haven popular with shoppers.

Work to improve paving, lighting and seats at St John's Churchyard in the city centre is already under way as part of the St David's 2 development.

The Rev Keith Kimber hopes the garden will soon become home to a lasting tribute to people killed in Luftwaffe bombing raids on the capital from 1941 to 1944.

'There's no public memorial to all those victims, so the church is willing to support a simple, solemn monument to commemorate them,' said Rev Kimber.

Though the final decision rests with the Chancellor of the Diocese of Llandaff, the proposal is likely to be looked on favourably.

The 800-year-old church was struck by a German incendiary, but was mercifully spared severe damage.

Rev Kimber said: 'I think a memorial in the churchyard is appropriate in terms of the history, because so many buildings around St John's were bombed, and even the church itself was hit.

'It is in the heart of the city and I think the idea will be very popular.

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