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Southampton gasworks bomb victims honoured at stadium

Plaque unveiling
Image caption Gordon Ellery's friends and family attended the unveiling of the plaque

A plaque commemorating 11 workers killed during German bombing raids on a gasworks in 1940 has been unveiled.

The men were working at the Southampton Gaslight and Coke Company, on the site now occupied by Southampton FC's St Mary's Stadium.

Pauline Ellery, 78, whose late husband Gordon worked at the gasworks, had campaigned for a plaque at the stadium.

Mr Ellery only escaped the direct hit on the gasworks' bomb shelter because he had gone home for a cup of tea.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony at St Mary's Stadium, Mrs Ellery said: "I really wish he [Gordon] had been here to see this.

"He just thought they should be remembered - he'd have loved this."

The plaque was installed following the making of a BBC Radio Solent programme on the 70th anniversary of The Blitz which featured Mr Ellery's story.

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