Remembering Balby’s Blitz spirit

Bombing at Balby Doncaster
Bombing at Balby Doncaster

Sheffield has commemorated the 70th anniversary of the blitz.

I acknowledge that Doncaster Council are going through a difficult period financially but this anniversary could be deemed to be sufficiently significant to merit special treatment. 13 homes were blown up, 414 other houses and a hospital were damaged and 19 houses had to be demolished. Only 38 minutes separated the air raid on Balby from an earlier bombing killing two people and injuring five others in Bessacarr at 11.40pm on May 8.

A memorial service would be appropriate as would projects engaging local schools and the Doncaster library service.

Peter Davies, the mayor of Doncaster, showed his respect for those killed during enemy action at Balby when he visited the victims’ graves at Rose Hill Cemetery, Cantley in October 2010 to promote the annual Poppy Appeal on behalf of the Royal British Legion.

Margery White, Chantry Close, Cantley