70th Anniversary - Nottingham Blitz - 8th & 9th May 1941
On the 8th & 9th May 1941 The City
of Nottingham was the target for over 100 German bombers that resulted in
the loss of more than 200 lives and the destruction of and damage to a
significant number of city buildings, the most prominent of these being
St. Mary's Church, Old University College (Now the Arkwright Building),
The Masonic Hall and Moot Hall. To commemorate these raids, the
Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service together with a NFS (National
Fire Service) / AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service) re-enactment group
staged a series of demonstrations in the Old Market Square and at Central
Fire Station, Shakespeare Street dressed in authentic period uniforms and
using restored period fire appliances.
Running with these events and the Central Fire Station open days was The Nottinghamshire Firefighters Memorial Appeal which was set up to raise £20,000 towards commissioning a permanent granite memorial to all the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire firefighters and Civil Defence personnel who have died on duty. This goal was reached and the memorial is now in place. Click here to go to the official web site for pictures of the memorial in St. Mary's Church Yard and for more information.
The pictures below relate to the open day on Sunday 9th May 2011
The event was of particular significance to me, as my father served in both the AFS and NFS during the World War II and was involved in fighting fires started by bombing in several locations in the South and South East of England. He also served at Central Fire Station before moving to the County Fire Service following a promotion. He attained the rank of Divisional Officer but his career was cruelly cut short when he suffered a stroke caused by a brain tumor whilst driving to work which subsequently resulted in his death a couple of years later at age just 56 years.
Seen below in NFS uniform c 1944., this page is therefore dedicated to his memory,
|Joseph (Joe) Teece 1908 - 1964|
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