Luke Pollard MP donating letters to the Box with archivist Claire Skinner
Luke Pollard MP donating letters to the Box with archivist Claire Skinner

Letters from the Ambassadors and High Commissioners of nations with forces stationed in Plymouth during the Plymouth Blitz 80 years ago have been donated to the Box.

Luke chaired the Blitz80 anniversary group helping co-ordinate the anniversary events schedule to ensure that the Covid pandemic did not stop the city remembering the people lost during the Blitz 80 years ago. As part of the anniversary event Luke asked the Ambassadors and High Commissioners from the United States of America, India, New Zealand, Norway, Australia and Poland to share a message of remembrance with the Lord Mayor.

Luke held a special livestream during the Blitz80 anniversary where children from St Mary Cathedral School read out the letters on a special Facebook live. Watch it live here.

Luke Pollard said:

“The Plymouth Blitz saw our city devastated by bombing. We lost over 1,000 people in the Blitz and our city was forever changed. I wanted to make sure that the Blitz was remembered during the horrors of the pandemic.


These letters detail the strong international bonds our city has and how the Blitz was an international affair with troops from many nations supporting our city. These letters are now in the Box so they can be preserved for future generations to help explain how our city remembered the Blitz during a pandemic. I’m grateful to the Box for accepting these letters.”

More about the Plymouth Blitz:

Plymouth Blitz80 Facebook Livestream with the Lord Mayor

Programme of events from Blitz80 commemorations

Luke Pollard lays a wreath to commemorate the 1000 lives lost during the Plymouth Blitz

Plymouth Herald: background on the Plymouth Blitz

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