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    Default Blackstock Gardens 20/21 December 1940

    http://liverpoolremembrance.weebly.c...k-shelter.html

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    During the evening of 20th December 1940 the air raid sirens rang out to warn Liverpool's people of the approach of the German Luftwaffe. The Vauxhall Road and Scotland Road ares were in the middle of the North Liverpool docklands that were prime targets for the enemy.

    On hearing the sirens local people made their way to the shelters for safety. The tenements of Blackstock Gardens off Vauxhall Road housed a large concrete shelter within its grounds. Locals from the Gardens and the area made their way here. Two trams also stopped nearby to allow their passengers to escape the bombing. The shelter became so crowded that people were turned away and had to find refuge elsewhere. A number of residents of Blackstock Gardens decide to stay inside their homes during the raid.

    Click the link above to read the outcome.

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    71 years ago and there are still living survivors, who remember that tragic day.
    You're site helps us all to never forget Spike.

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    old liverpool housing by exacta2a, on Flickr


    Here are air raid shelters being built in the back of our houses in Reading Street in 1941. We also had them in the middle of the street. They were not fit for purpose as the walls were only 2 bricks wide with a roof of 3 or 4 inches of concrete.
    When the war was ended we used them for card schools,gambling our pennies away.
    When it came to demolishing them, it only took a few men with sledge hammers, so if a bomb had landed on them they wouldn`t have saved anybody.
    The best shelters were in Kings Park, Bootle being underground.

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    R.I.P all those lost and may they never be forgotten.

    Spike, your website just keeps getting better and better. Well done fella. Keep up the good work and thank you.

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    Thank you for remembering and keeping their memory alive.
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    Popped along last night and told my 3 daughters the significance of the memorial. It must have been horrifying that night all those years ago. Black out, air raid sirens, blind panic then death. Well done Tony in refreshing our memories again.
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    I went along myself Ged. Very Very sad event in this cities history.
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    liverpool memorial by exacta2a, on Flickr

    Lest we forget Bootle as well,the Ash Street bombing

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    Thank you, Spike and Joe!

    May the dead from Blackstock Gardens, Liverpool, in the bombing of 20-21 December 1940, and all others who gave their lives continue to rest in peace.

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