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Chapel service to mark 75 years since Clydebank blitz

Two nights of bombing in the West Dunbartonshire town on March 13 and 14, 1941, left 528 civilians dead and tens of thousands of people homeless.

The first service to commemorate the air raids on Clydebank is being held at the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft at the Palace of Westminster.

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Picture: A memorial to the Clydebank Blitz in Clydebank.

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Revd Dr Angus Morrison, will deliver the sermon.

He said: "As during the London blitz, the spirit of the people of Clydebank was unbroken despite the ferocity of the Luftwaffe's repeated bombing attacks.

"Far from being cowed and panicked, their resolution to resist so great an evil was only intensified. The suffering, resilience and courage of the citizens of Clydebank has not always been adequately acknowledged.

"It is appropriate on this 75th anniversary that we remember and honour the people of Clydebank, past and present, and pray for the future of this remarkable community."

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Church services to commemorate the Clydebank blitz were held in the town on Sunday.

West Dunbartonshire MP Martin Docherty-Hughes, who grew up in Clydebank, has secured an adjournment debate in the House of Commons.

The debate will give MPs an opportunity to publicly commemorate the blitz and, more widely, fatalities towns and cities experienced.

The SNP representative said: "The Clydebank blitz was a tragedy on a huge scale and a great many of the men, women and children who survived drew strength from their faith to help them cope with such a catastrophic loss and horrific trauma,"

"I look forward to the opportunity of bringing to life for Members of Parliament the horror and devastation of the Clydebank blitz, and to allow Parliament its first-ever opportunity to reflect on the terrible events of 75 years ago.''

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