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Week of events to commemorate 1915 Zeppelin raids on Norfolk

11:02 07 January 2015

Aerial raider: the German naval Zeppelin L3 which carried out the war’

Aerial raider: the German naval Zeppelin L3 which carried out the war’'s first strategic bombing raid against Great Yarmouth. The airship is being walked back into the shed at Fuhlsbuttel and clearly shows the open control car.

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A number of community-led events are being held across Norfolk to mark the 100th anniversary of the Zeppelin raids on the county during the First World War.

The first airship raid on Britain occurred on the night of January 19, 1915.

Zeppelins of the Imperial German Navy airship division dropped bombs on Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn, killing four people.

Martha Taylor and Sam Smith in Great Yarmouth were the first civilians to be killed, followed by Percy Goate and Alice Gazely in King’s Lynn.

The two Zeppelins had intended to attack Humberside but, diverted by strong winds, eventually dropped their bombs on Yarmouth, Sheringham, Lynn and the surrounding villages. The material damage was estimated at £7,740.

Norwich may have been spared because it was shrouded in fog and all of its lights were out.

Dereham’s Zeppelin raid happened on the night of Wednesday, September 8, 1915 at about 8.45pm.

Church Street and the Market Place were badly hit after a German airship dropped its load of 31 bombs. Five were killed including two civilians - Harry Patterson and James Taylor.

Zeppelin Week will run in King’s Lynn from January 19 to 25.

The events are being co-ordinated by the West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Archaeological Society.

The society’s chairman, Dr Clive Jonathon Bond said: “Among the key events, to raise funds for the town’s True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, is an evening of commemoration, reflection and celebration hosted by the mayor, Barry Ayres at the Town Hall, King’s Lynn, 7.30pm, on Thursday, January 22.

“The very successful, popular and local Marham Bluebirds Military Wives Choir will lead the community event.

“Music, prose and readings will celebrate the sacrifice of local people during the First World War World at the Front and at home.

“Another key event, to end the week is a First World War commemoration conference at Marriott’s Warehouse, South Quay, Lynn, which is free from 11am on Sunday, January 25.”

Other events will be held across the county as part of Zeppelin Week with Yarmouth mayor Marlene Fairhead laying a wreath at the grave of Samuel Smith on Monday, January 19.

A temporary exhibition at the Sheringham Mo Museum, opening on March 1, will focus on the effect of the war on Sheringham and the 1915 raid.

See EDP Weekend magazine this Saturday for more on the raids.

How is your community in Norfolk remembering the 1915 Zeppelin raids? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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