Bethnal Green Tube disaster memorial

Photo: Proposed Bethnal Green Memorial The Stairway To Heaven Memorial Trust

The worst civilian disaster of World War Two was remembered this weekend in Bethnal Green.

The 67th anniversary of the Bethnal Green Tube Disaster was marked in memory of the 173 that lost their lives in a panic on the stairs of Bethnal Green underground station on March 3, 1943.

The Tube station was being used as a shelter to protect civilians from German bombs but the panic that set created the accident was the result of friendly fire when the British army  tested their guns in Victoria Park.

Amongst the people attending the service were the few remaining survivors and those who lost their loved ones in the tragedy.

Derek Spicer of the ‘Stairway To Heaven Memorial Trust’ said: “The service is even more important this year than ever.  Some of the local community weren’t even aware of it”.

The ‘Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust’ was set up to raise more than £600,000 to erect a statue to commemorate the lives of those who were crushed. If the Trust receives enough support, it will be placed above the underground entrance, displaying the names of those who were lost.

At the moment, all that marks the fatalities of 1943 is a plaque at the station staircase.

So far, the charity has raised £200,000 and representatives from the Trust will be collecting at Bethnal Green tube station this Friday.

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