Belfast Telegraph

Council set to approve Belfast Blitz memorials

By Rebecca Black

The Belfast Blitz is set to be marked for the first time across the city.

Almost 1,000 people died and hundreds of thousands were left homeless in spring 1941 when the Luftwaffe targeted Belfast as part of their infamous bombing raids across the UK.

Belfast was hit particularly hard and suffered the greatest loss of life in just one night of any UK city outside London.

There were four bombing raids. The first was overnight between April 7/8, the second took place on Easter Tuesday, April 15, the third overnight between May 4/5 and the final overnight between May 5/6.

Now Belfast City Council is expected to approve at its meeting tonight a new memorial trail of some of the key sites hit by the bombs.

The plan is for the mapping of between 10 and 15 locations using wall plaques.

The council is also set to discuss with the Department for Social Development the inclusion of wall plaques as part of their Streets Ahead project.

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