Victims of Zeppelin raid are remembered at King’s Lynn centenary events

Service held in Hardwick Road Cemetery to commemorate the bombing of Lynn by a German Zeppelin. ANL-150123-145651009
Service held in Hardwick Road Cemetery to commemorate the bombing of Lynn by a German Zeppelin. ANL-150123-145651009
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A relative of one of the victims killed in the Zeppelin bombing raids attended a commemorative service which was held last week.

This was one of a series of events organised by the West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Archaeology Society to mark the 100th anniversary of the attack on January 19, 1915.

Kadir Shah (2) enjoys painting his Zeppelin at True's Yard with help from his mum Kate Shah. ANL-150125-101039009

Kadir Shah (2) enjoys painting his Zeppelin at True's Yard with help from his mum Kate Shah. ANL-150125-101039009

Fr Adrian Ling and the Rev Catherine Dickson led a service on Friday at the Hardwick Road Cemetery, close to the graves of Percy Goate and Alice Gazley, who were killed in the Lynn raids.

A total of 15 people went along to the service, including a relative of Mrs Gazley.

During the service, Fr Ling, of All Saints’ Church, read from the address given by the Rev Banham at Mrs Gazley’s funeral, which was printed in the Lynn News.

The address said: “One of the things which I am sure is passing through our minds at this time is a feeling of horror disgust and hatred at the event which has caused all this sorrow and all this tragedy – and at the spirit that is behind it – a devilish spirit.”

Members of the Blue Birds, Military Wives Choir from RAF Marham, delight the audience during the Zeppelin week PICTURE: MIKE LISTER

Members of the Blue Birds, Military Wives Choir from RAF Marham, delight the audience during the Zeppelin week PICTURE: MIKE LISTER

Two poppy wreaths were laid on the graves during the ceremony and the Royal British Legion standards were also present.

Fr Ling said: “We were really pleased that people came along and felt it was important to remember.”

Earlier on Friday, youngsters went along to True’s Yard Museum to make papier mache Zeppelins.

The Bluebirds, RAF Marham Military Wives Choir, gave a concert in Lynn’s Town Hall on Thursday evening.

The week drew to a close with a conference at Marriott’s Warehouse on Sunday when talks were given by Dr Paul Richards and Lindsey Bavin along with Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire.

The conference also included talks on Marham, Narborough and Sedgeford air bases.

Dr Richards, who is president of the archaeology society said: “It was a very interesting week. We have learned a lot and raised money.

“ I think everyone has enjoyed it.

“Clive Bond, the chairman, did a good job in organising this important week and we must also thank the mayor for hosting Thursday’s concert.

“The week has put Lynn on the map as last week we featured on the ITN national news for being one of the first towns in history which was bombed.”

Youngsters from the 42F King’s Lynn Air Cadets have also been involved in the project and the week.