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Sefton Libraries’ funding for Bootle Blitz commemorations

Sefton Libraries have been awarded £9,400 in grant funding to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Bootle Blitz.

The funding has been awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Grant after a successful application in December 2020, which focused on local, community-based projects.

The focus of the commemorations will be a previously unseen manuscript from Major George Salt, Bootle’s Air Raid precaution officer. In the text, he records the pre-war planning and night by night details of the Blitz.

Sefton Libraries will work with the Bootle Library Local History Group as well as children from Bedford Primary School to transform the manuscript into a published work featuring unseen wartime photographs from the Stewart Bale Collection.

The Bootle Blitz was a significant part of Bootle’s history that has been overlooked in the past. This funding will help shine a spotlight on the events that took place.

Over eight days in May 1941, Bootle became one of the most bombed towns in the country. Over 1,000 people were killed and 80% of the houses damaged or destroyed.

The funding will also be used to create a walking trail of former bombed sites. It will feature stories of the bravery and heroism displayed at each spot. The trail will also talk people through the recovery of Bootle after these tragic events.

The Bootle Blitz commemorations will also form part of Remembrance Day 2021 events in November.

People can find more details about Sefton War Memorials and Commemorations at the Sefton War Memorials website.