A light show is being projected on to Lynn’s historic Custom House this evening, Monday, January 19, to mark the moment exactly 100 years ago when German Zeppelins bombed the town.
Civilians were dramatically thrown into the frontline of the First World War when two people were killed in the raid on January 19, 1915.
The light show, which uses pictures from the time, marked the start of a week of events to mark the anniversary.
The programme has been organised by the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Archaeology Society along with West Norfolk Council.
Society president Dr Paul Richards said the raid had a great impact on the town.
He said: “German ships had bombed Scarborough and the East Coast but to have something dropping from the air had a psychological impact and made people feel vulnerable.
“It was regarded as being unfair – why should children and families be bombed?
“At the time lots of people lived in the town centre as the council estates had not yet been built. If bombs were dropped you couldn’t really miss people.
“The raids featured in the national press and it was a story for the Lynn News and Advertiser throughout the war. The Lynn News referred it as the ‘second greatest crime in the history of the world’.”
The light show will be held nightly between 4pm and 10pm until Sunday. Later tonight, at 10pm, the light show will be accompanied by a soundscape created by pyrotechnics and 100 red flares will be released into the Wash.
A talk on the formation of Royal Flying Corps will be given in Lynn Museum on Wednesday from 2.30pm, while later in the day a commemoration event will also be held in St Mary’s Church in Long Sutton.
A First World War-themed coffee and pop-up poetry morning will take place in Lynn Museum from 10.30am on Thursday.
And the Marham Bluebirds Military Wives Choir will be performing during a dedication evening in Lynn Town Hall on Thursday. Tickets cost £6.
On Friday, children will be able to make papier mache Zeppelins in True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, from 11am to 3pm.
Later in the day, Fr Adrian Ling will lead a commemoration service in the Hardwick Road Cemetery from 2pm to 2.30pm.
A living history event will be held in the Lynn Museum on Saturday from 10am until 4pm.
And a day school will be held at Marriott’s Warehouse on Sunday with a host of talks, including one by Dr Richards.