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Dramatic Blitz sculpture on display until Sunday

In the second World War Birmingham was the third most bombed place in the country, but because of media blackouts imposed during the war, the air raids on the city received far less coverage than other targets of the German Luftwaffe.

To mark the 75th anniversary of the bombings, the '2,241 Reasons to Remember' project has been organised by the Birmingham Hippodrome theatre, and it'll be on display for the next 4 nights. Children from eight primary schools across the city as well as members of the public have helped build the installation.

Creative arts company Metro-Boulot-Dodo are also behind the work, and hopes it'll encourage people to learn more about some of Birmingham's darkest days.

Birmingham Blitz installation on display in Bullring

Projections of the destruction caused during the Birmingham Blitz play directly onto the sculpture. Credit: ITV News Central

A multi-media sculpture built by schoolchildren is being unveiled to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Birmingham Blitz.

The sculpture is in the form of a demolished house bombed out in the Blitz. Credit: ITV News Central

Finishing touches to the artwork have been taking place all day outside the permanent memorial to victims by the Bullring Markets.

It's made from 2,241 handcrafted lanterns to represent each person who died. Credit: ITV News Central

People in the city can enjoy and reflect on the work until Sunday, from dusk until 9pm.

The project has been a collaboration between the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre and creative arts company Metro-Boulot-Dodo. Credit: ITV News Central


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Schools build artwork for Birmingham Blitz anniversary

Schoolchildren across Birmingham are helping to create a poignant multi-media memorial to remember those who died in the Birmingham Blitz 75 years ago.

The project has been organised by the Birmingham Hippodrome theatre and involves drama workshops and art classes to try to bring some of the darkest days in Birmingham's history to life for children in the city today.

The final piece will be unveiled to the public on Thursday November 19th outside the Bullring Markets, near to the permanent memorial remembering the 2241 people who died during the Birmingham Blitz.

Ten schools are involved in building the artwork, and ITV News Central reporter Chris Halpin met some of the children taking part at Starbank Primary earlier today.

Memorial for victims of Wellington Bomber crash

A Wellington Bomber and crew during the Second World War Credit: Melton Mowbray Wellington Bomber Memorial Appeal

A memorial will be unveiled today to the crew of a Wellington Bomber which crashed in Melton Mowbray 70 years ago.

The plane came down in a field and burst into flames off Saxby Road, during a training fright from Market Harborough on August 13, 1944

Victims of the Melton Mowbray Wellington Bomber crash Credit: Melton Mowbray Wellington Bomber Memorial Appeal

The accident resulted in seven out of the eight crew losing their lives, with the eighth crew member receiving severe burn injuries. Several local people from Melton were also injured in the rescue.

The unveiling follows a public fundraising appeal to raise £2500 pounds for the memorial, by the Melton Mowbray Wellington Bomber Memorial Appeal.

The dedication service will take place from 2pm outside CE Turners (Engineering) Ltd, Hudson Road, Saxby Road Industrial Estate.

RAF veterans share war stories with children's author

A Midland children's author will meet real Second World War RAF veterans as he prepares to release his debut book, based on the Battle of Britain.

Graham Jones will be at the air base in Cosford today, where he will discuss his story with five pilots - all in their 90s and who served in the war - including Battle of Britain survivor Ken Wilkinson.

The five veterans will discuss their war stories with Midlands-based children's author Graham Jones Credit: David Jones/PA

Mr Jones' first book, called Time Travelling Toby and the Battle of Britain, is aimed at encouraging young children to learn about the historic battle.

Mr Wilkinson will also be signing a copy of the book to be auctioned off for a charity chosen by the Air Crew Association.


Funeral for George Cross RAF veteran

The funeral of a Nottingham RAF veteran who survived more than 50 Second World War missions with Bomber Command is taking place today.

Jim Flint won the George Cross Credit: ITV News Central

Jim Flint died six months after celebrating his 100th birthday. He received the George Cross for rescuing a drowning colleague after their aircraft ditched into the sea off the Norfolk coast.

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Decorated bomber command hero passes away

One of the Second World War's most decorated airmen has sadly passed away after recently celebrating his one hundredth birthday.

Former Lancaster bomber Jim Flint always insisted that despite receiving many honours, including the George Medal, he was not a hero.

Jim Flint always insisted he was not a hero despite receiving the George Medal. Credit: ITV News

Last survivor of Second World War massacre dies

A war veteren from Birmingham, and the last remaining survivor of a Nazi atrocity from the Second World War, has died.

Bert Evans, from Stirchley, was one of the soldiers forced into a barn in France during the Second World War, and massacred. They were attacked with grenades, and then machine-gunned by the German Waffen SS.

Bert Evans (left) on a visit to London in 1994 Credit: ITV News Central

He was in the 2nd Battalion of the Warwickshire Regiment when the Wormhoudt massacre took place.

A total of 80 men died in the massacre. Mr Evans lost an arm in the grenade attack, and only survived because he was dragged from the barn by Captain James Lynn-Allen, who died during the escape.

Bert was then captured, spending four years in a prisoner of war camp, before he was repatriated.

He recently lived in sheltered accommodation in Redditch, and annually visited the barn in France, which is now a memorial site.

Mr Evans' funeral took place yesterday.

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