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Coventry remembers the Blitz 75 years on

People in Coventry will join together today to remember the Coventry Blitz, 75 years ago.

The ruins of Coventry Cathedral after the Blitz Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Survivors of the Blitz will be joining students at a number of schools in the city to remember the bombing during the Second World War.

Coventry was one of the worst hit places during the German bombings of 1940, due to its prominence as a manufacturing city.

It was bombed many times during the war, but one of the most severe nights of devastation came on the evening of the 14 November, where many people died and a huge number of buildings were destroyed.


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Eight more flights to bring Brits home from Sharm

Passengers outside the terminal Credit: PA

Airlines have scheduled eight more flights to bring holidaymakers home to Britain today.

  • Thomas Cook will fly tourists back to Gatwick this afternoon
  • Thomson has planes bound for Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester
  • Two easyJet planes will fly into Luton
  • Monarch will also operate two flights, one to Gatwick and the other to Birmingham
  • British Airways also has a flight scheduled for tomorrow.

Nearly 2,000 tourists returned to airports across England yesterday aboard nine flights, along with around 1,500 on Friday.

But thousands more are still stranded in the Egyptian holiday resort and Government officials warned it is likely the increased safety measures mean many will have to stay in the country for a while longer.

With a limited number of flights able to leave Sharm el-Sheikh each day for the UK, it is likely that tour operators or airlines will advise some people to extend their stay at their resort.

– A Department for Transport spokesman

Monarch announces Sunday flight to Birmingham Airport from Sharm el-Sheikh

Crowds in front of security check at the airport in Sharm el-Sheikh Credit: PA

Monarch Airlines has announced it plans to operate two flights from Sharm el-Sheikh Airport on Sunday, including one to Birmingham Airport.

Customers due to travel on these flights have been contacted.

  • Flight ZB475 is currently planned to depart from Sharm El Sheikh at 1820hrs (local time) arriving back into Birmingham 2220hrs (local time).
  • Flight ZB249 is currently planned to depart from Sharm El Sheikh at 1710hrs (local time) arriving back into London Gatwick 2040hrs (local time).

"Monarch is working continuously with Department of Transport and the Egyptian authorities to get customers back to the UK as quickly as possible.

"We recognise this is a very frustrating situation and apologise for the inconvenience this is causing our customers."

– Monarch spokesperson
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Sharm el-Sheikh situation 'chaotic and distressing', says Midlands holidaymaker

A mother who was stranded in Egypt after flights back to the UK were suspended over terrorism concerns says the experience was chaotic and distressing.

Kerrie Spencer, who is six months pregnant and from Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire, was one of thousands of British holidaymakers stuck at Sharm el-Sheikh airport. Phil Brewster reports.


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Britons stuck in Sharm el-Sheikh tell of growing frustration

Britons unable to fly home from Sharm el-Sheikh have spoken of their growing frustration at being stuck in Egypt.

Several holidaymakers told ITV News that many people were starting to panic and the novelty of having a few extra days by the pool had quickly worn off.

Nine flights are expected to leave Sharm for the UK on Saturday, but it is nowhere near enough to meet the demand.

Officials have said they hope to get all the British tourists home within 10 days.

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UK hopes to return all Brits from Sharm within 10 days

Crowds in front of security check at the airport in Sharm el-Sheikh Credit: PA

Britain hopes to return all Britons from Sharm el-Sheikh within 10 days, a British official at the airport has said.

The British government is increasing the number of flights and will return about 2,000 British nationals on Saturday on nine flights, the official added.

Britain suspended flights to the Red Sea resort on Wednesday after saying it feared a bomb may have brought down a Russian jet which crashed, killing 224 people.

Sharm-el-Sheikh flight to Birmingham cancelled

A Monarch flight from Sharm-el-Sheikh to Birmingham has been cancelled today.

Flights from Sharm-el-Sheikh will not land at Birmingham tonight. Credit: PA

Flight ZB475 was due to land at the Birmingham Airport at 10:20pm. Monarch airlines have said it will not land in Birmingham tonight.

It remains unclear whether any more flights will land at the East Midlands or Birmingham airports through the weekend.

Two planes due in Birmingham from Egypt delayed

Two planes set to return from Sharm El Sheikh and landing at Birmingham Airport tonight are both delayed.

The flights come after holidaymakers waiting to return to the UK from the Eqyptian resort endured chaos today Credit: BRUNO FAHY/Belga/Press Association Images

A Monarch flight with around 200 people on board was due to arrive at Birmingham Airport at 8.35pm but is now estimated to land at 9.26pm. A Thomas Cook flight was due to land at 9.45pm but is now set to touch down at 10.40pm.

The flights come after holidaymakers waiting to return to the UK from the Eqyptian resort endured chaos today as conflicting information was given about whether or not their flights would take off.

Egyptian authorities announced that just eight flights will depart from Sharm el-Sheikh for the UK, rather than the 29 initially expected as frustrated passengers waited for information.

The UK Government suspended air links on Wednesday after an Airbus 321 operated by Russian airline Metrojet crashed last Saturday, killing all 224 people on board. Militants of the Islamic State terror group in the Sinai Peninsula have claimed that they downed the plane.

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