Bournemouth WWII bombing memorial to be unveiled

The Metropole Hotel bombed on 23 May 1943 The Metropole Hotel in The Lansdowne area of Bournemouth was one of the worst hit buildings during the air raid

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Bombing victims killed during a World War II air raid in Bournemouth are to be commemorated by a memorial plaque.

A German Luftwaffe squadron bombed the Dorset town in 1943 killing civilians, Australian and Canadian service personnel and destroying 22 buildings.

The memorial will be unveiled on the former Metropole Hotel site exactly 70 years later on 23 May.

The ceremony will be attended by three Canadian veterans, Bournemouth's mayor and service personnel representatives.

An RAF aircraft is also planned to fly over the memorial site.

Tony Williams, Chief Executive of Bournemouth Borough Council, said: "It was only 70 years ago that the air raid happened in Bournemouth and there are people living in the town that still remember it."

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