Coventry & Warwickshire

Air raid siren to be heard at Coventry Cathedral event

Episode image for Blitz: The Bombing of Coventry
Image caption Most of Coventry city centre was destroyed

An air raid siren will be sounded to mark the 70th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz, it has been announced.

Residents were asked by the city council if they wanted a siren sounded during commemorations on 14 November.

But the council said the siren would only be heard within the cathedral, as part of the memorial service.

The Luftwaffe dropped thousands of tons of bombs on the city on 14th November 1940, killing hundreds of residents and destroying most of the city centre.

Some residents told the council the two-tone wail would act as a poignant reminder, but others said it was too painful a reminder.

Coventry's Lord Mayor Brian Kelsey said the views of people who had experienced the bombings first hand had been taken into account

He said: "They [sirens] will mark the beginning and end of a two-minutes' silence at 7.15pm and will only be heard around the cathedral and not across the city."

Three-quarters of the city centre was devastated in the bombings, including the ancient cathedral, hospitals, schools and the tram system.

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