On Monday 26 April at 9pm, in honour of the people who lost their lives in the Plymouth Blitz, the Royal Navy will be be shining the lights on all ships in Devonport Royal Dockyard and Plymouth Sound up into the sky for 30 minutes.
They will also be asking all commercial boats in the Sound to join them.
I would like to join the Royal Navy in encouraging the people of Plymouth to take part in this commemoration by standing on their doorsteps and shining torches skywards at 9pm on 26 April.
The Royal Navy is helping bring the Blitz 80 anniversary events to a close with a reconstruction of the searchlights their predecessors would have shone into the sky above Plymouth to detect Nazi bombers. The anniversary month has helped retell the stories of Plymouth during the horrors of the Blitz. We rightly remember those who died in uniform as a city, and the Blitz80 events have helped us rediscover and retell the stories of ordinary Plymothians during the Blitz. Please join the searchlight event in a covid-safe way if you can to remember those we lost as a city and to look forward to a brighter future of friendship with former foes.
For the full programme of events, click here.