Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Death Rained from the Heavens; MEMORIAL TO THOSE KILLED IN WW2 AIR RAID ON CITY

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Death Rained from the Heavens; MEMORIAL TO THOSE KILLED IN WW2 AIR RAID ON CITY

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Byline: TONY HENDERSON Environment Editor name.surname@ncjmedia.com @@Hendrover

WHEN the terror finally stopped raining from the skies, and the Luftwaffe vanished as swiftly as they arrived, scores lay dead and dying.

It was one of the darkest days of the Second World War on Tyneside - and the air raids of September 1 and 2 in 1941 are to be remembered.

Newcastle was the target for the Luftwaffe, when bombers killed 49 people, around 1,000 were made homeless and the Manor Goods Station was destroyed with the blaze taking two days to put out.

At the time the 19th century Victoria Tunnel, which runs under the city to the Tyne at the mouth of the Ouseburn, was used as an air raid shelter for up to 9,000 people.

And over the weekend of September 3 and 4, the tunnel will feature in a 1940s weekend which is being staged by the Ouseburn Trust and re-enactment group the Time Bandits.

The Lower Ouseburn Valley will have guided tours, talks and a blitz experience, a home guard command centre, field kitchen serving free wartime-style food, civil defence and ARP posts, 1940s music, drills and weapon handling sessions.

At the valley's Seven Stories, visitors can meet the team which curated the centre's exhibition on War Horse, author Michael Morpurgo, and explore artwork by illustrator Edward Ardizzone in the Edward Ardizzone: 80 years of Little Tim exhibition.

Ardizzone's first book in the Little Tim series was published in 1936 and he continued to be a prolific illustrator throughout the 1940s and for decades to follow.

"The Ouseburn in 1941 would have been a very different place. Life was monochrome and the valley would have been a hive of industrial and military activity," said Time Bandits' John Sadler.

"With less meat consumption because of rationing and people growing and eating more vegetables, the diet would probably have been healthier than today. …

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