On the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hindle House a rededication service took place at Hindle House Community Centre in conjunction with the unveiling of the restored civic plaque and the new Blitz memorial plaque. The service was led by Reverend Nial Weir of nearby St Pauls Church in Stoke Newington Road. St Pauls Church was completely destroyed by a HE bomb during the Blitz and was later rebuilt on the same site.
The service began with Rev Nial welcoming a gathering of people including families of those dedicated on the war memorials, current and former residents, historians, and representatives from Southern Housing Group and the War Memorials Trust.
An explanation of the Hindle House War Memorial Project and its aims was given by Natalie Longman and Brian Longman thanked the relevant people and organisations for their help with the delivery of the project and fund raising. Dirke Lamp of Southern Housing Group explained why SHG deemed the project worthy of their support.
Rev Nial then carried out the dedication during which Charlie Longman read out the names of the 24 people listed on the plaque. This was followed by the exhortation, the Kohima Epitaph and a minute silence. The service was concluded by some family readings, a poem read by Rev Nial, and a bible reading by Natalie Longman.
After the conclusion of the service the newly restored civic plaque was unveiled by Mrs Alice Hayes who lost her grandmother and uncle in separate incidents during WW2. It was quite an emotional moment for Alice 75 years to the day that she survived the bomb that hit her grandmother’s flat. The gathering then walked outside in the pouring rain to see the blitz memorial for the first time mounted above Alice’s grandmother’s flat.
It was a very special and poignant day and one that will live long in the memory of those who were there; thank you to everyone that attended.