Hillsborough Hope festival
Date: 12-05-2015 Time: 00:00:00 Category: History
In December 1940 Sheffield was subjected to a bombing campaign by the German Luftwaffe with a total of over 660 people killed, 1,500 injured and 40,000 made homeless. 3,000 homes were demolished with a further 3,000 badly damaged. The night of 12th December and 15th December were the two nights they attacked Sheffield which resulted in our own furniture store, which was situated on the Moor, being damaged. The area of Hillsborough, where we have always had a store, was also heavily damaged. Destroying many homes and businesses the Sheffield blitz affected the area immensely and this year it is the 75th Anniversary of the blitz.
One of the buildings completely destroyed was the Hillsborough Tabernacle Congregational Church. They rebuilt the church but it took them till 1955 to complete the building that stands today on Proctor Place, Hillsborough. During that fifteen year period they created a temporary building out of the ruins of the original church and whatever material they could find. The congregation had the hope to rebuild from the ashes and it is now also the 60th anniversary of the new building. To celebrate this event and to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Sheffield Blitz they will be hosting a series of events and activities that take hope as their theme. We have been kindly invited to take part in the events as a Hillsborough business with a great history as well. You can look at the events coming up through the year at the Hillsborough Tabernacle Website.
The first event which we will be attending is the launch of a book that tells the tale of Hillsborough through the blitz and the story of Hillsborough Tabernacle Church. 'Bombed But Unbowed' has been written by the resident historian and treasurer of tabernacle, Paul Clarke. The book launch will be Tuesday 19th May at 7:30pm at Hillsborough Tabernacle. Come and hear party of the story, meet the historian, share your own memories and pick up one of the first copies. Paul and the rest of the congregation would like to encourage Hillsborough residents to share their memories of the Blitz whether they are family stories or you yourself were there. The stories of Hillsborough will be collected and shown during Hillsborough Hope Exhibition in November. You can tell us about your memories and we will pass them on to the exhibition. Contact us on any of our social media platforms.
Hillsborough Hope festival
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