For immediate release: Saturday 12 March 2016
FORMER FIRST MINISTER TO LAY WREATH AT 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE CLYDEBANK BLITZ
The former First Minister, Alex Salmond MSP MP, will today (Saturday 12 March 2016) lay a wreath at the 75th Anniversary of the Clydebank Blitz during a special service held at Old Dalnottar Cemetery. The ceremony is part of a range of events this weekend to mark the Anniversary.
The Clydebank Blitz took place on the nights of the 13 and 14 March 1941 where 200 German planes attacked, destroying naval, and shipbuilding and munitions targets.
The Blitz killed 528 civilians, seriously injuring 617 more. Entire housing schemes were completely wiped out and around 48,000 locals lost their homes, many of them shipyard workers and their families. Of 12,000 homes, 4,000 were completely destroyed. Only seven properties were left undamaged.
Speaking ahead of the event, the former First Minister said:
“The Clydebank Blitz caused the worst ever loss of civilian life in Scotland and is one of the most commemorated bombardments in history.
“Marking this historic anniversary is extremely important in both remembering those who lost their lives and reminding ourselves of the cost of war.
“It is a sombre occasion, but nonetheless, it highlights the immense sense of bravery and solidarity of the community of Clydebank – qualities still in evidence today.”
Clydebank and Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson added:
“I am delighted that Alex is attending such an important event in the history of not just Clydebank, but the whole of Scotland. His presence will be much appreciated by the people of Clydebank.”