Time may have moved on… but the tragedies of the Second World War will never be forgotten in the UK – and certainly not in Hull.
The city is undergoing a facelift, but that won’t stop it commemorating two of its worst nights of bombing during the war – including marking the site of the former Prudential
building tower in King Edward Street with a plaque.
According to the Hull Daily Mail
, a recent excavation of the site uncovered the remains of a long forgotten café and a host of artefacts related to the Prudential
building including metal name plates that had been scarred by the inferno that hit the building.
On that fateful night in May 1941, the offices of the insurance company were hit by a parachute mine during an air raid. A total of 16 people who had been sheltering in the basement of the building were killed – while the landmark tower had to be demolished.
A plaque had been laid in the street during the early 1990s commemorating 420 people who were killed across two nights of bombing, as well as a further 350 who were injured.
Now the city has confirmed that the plaque, which has been temporarily removed, will be restored and put into place “as close as possible” to its original location in the new pedestrianised area.
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