Blitz remembered in style
Blitz remembered in spectacular style on The Moor
Thousands of people attended an event to mark the day that Hitler's Luftwaffe virtually bombed one of Sheffield's busiest retail thoroughfare's out of existence, yesterday.
It was seventy years to the day that German bombers struck the city with 9 hours of continues raids and one of the worst hit areas was The Moor with department stores belonging to Atkinsons, Redgates, Robert Brothers and many others being totally destroyed.
The Moor's Sheffield Blitz event offered a day of free activities aimed at bringing the era back to life like never before.
Actors and re-enactments, war time vehicles and memorabilia, tea dance, performance from a George Formby impersonator and Sheffield Pipe Band were just some of the things on offer.
Identity cards were distributed and Bill of the Home Guard and Walter the ARP Warden were on hand to tell people what life was like in Sheffield in 1940.
The ladies who headed up the city's successful Women of Steel campaign were there to launch their new DVD together with 'Sheffield's Date With Hitler'
author Neil Anderson.
There was a Green Goddess fire engine that came into service just after the war and more.
The mystery has never been solved on why The Moor area was targeted – all previous theories have pointed to the munitions factories of the East End being the primary target but Hitler failed to halt production in the two devastating raids.
Sandra Barley, The Moor's centre liaison manager, said: "Sunday's event was fantastic and we have to thank everyone involved for making it such a brilliant day. It succeeded in bringing together hundreds of people that experienced the devastating attacks first hand together with younger generations who got a taste of life in 1940's Sheffield.
"We're definitely going to make it an annual event."