Michael Henderson

Blitz Requiem première in St Paul’s

Author: J. A. Hampton

Of all folk memories the Blitz remains one of the most enduring. In the autumn of 1940 the Luftwaffe strafed London on 57 consecutive nights, leaving (if that is the word) 20,000 dead and whole streets pounded to rubble. ‘You do your worst,’ Churchill told the Hun, ‘and we shall do our best.’

Noël Coward put it another way: ‘Every blitz, your resistance toughening, from the Ritz to the Anchor and Crown.

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