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Service remembers Southampton Blitz

A commemorative service has taken place in Southampton to mark one of the heaviest bombing raids of World War II.

Hundreds of people lost their lives when tonnes of explosives were dropped on the city 70 years ago.

St Mary's Church, on the junction of St Mary Street and Chapel Road, was gutted during the attack, which became known as the Southampton Blitz.

Rector of the Parish of Southampton Julian Davies said it was important to remember those involved.

"It's a time for the city to reflect, a time for healing as we remember the traumas of the past," he said.

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