The John Lewis store on Oxford Street
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Rare colour footage of the Blitz has been discovered

6 September 2010 Last updated at 12:34 BST

Previously unseen colour footage of London during the Blitz has been discovered, after lying in an attic for almost 70 years.

The amateur footage includes images of bombed-out landmarks such as the John Lewis department store - on Oxford Street.

The 20 minute film was shot by the wartime mayor of Marylebone in west London, Alfred Coucher. The film was used as part of a US government propaganda film entitled "Why We Are At War".

Footage courtesy of Westminster Council