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The Friends of PWRR take on the Ben Nevis Team Challenge

We will trek, ride & canoe up and around Ben Nevis for Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust because we wish to remember those lost in this tragedy.

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  • Team members: Team Keep Attacking: Matt Ryan, Russell Smith, Monty Bath, Brian Wood
  • Event: Ben Nevis Team Challenge, 20 Jun 2015

Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust

We are raising funds to finish the memorial to the Bethnal Green tube disaster 1943

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Bethnal Green Tube Disaster 1943. 
On 3 March 1943 a crowd of people entered Bethnal Green tube station which was used at the time as an air-raid shelter. After the searchlights went on and an anti-aircraft battery a few hundred yards away in Victoria Park launched a salvo of a new type of anti-aircraft rockets the crowd surged forward. Someone tripped on the stairs causing many others to fall. 300 people were crushed into the stairwell within a few seconds, 173 of them died and over 90 were injured. The worst civilian disaster of the 2nd World War.

In a book published last year we recently discovered that there was also a government cover-up after the Bethnal Green tube shelter disaster.

Two years before the disaster Bethnal Green Council had written to the government asking for permission to alter the station entrance and make it safer if a lot of people wanted to use it. The Government at the time refused.

The day after the disaster all these measures sought by the Council were put in place. However, Bethnal Green Council was made to keep their earlier letters secret, under the Official Secrets Act. The Council was therefore made to take the blame. Statements given in Parliament also suggested that the victims were to blame. This ensured the event was kept as secret as possible.  The Mayor of Bethnal Green was not allowed to defend herself and was largely blamed for the tragedy.

The public enquiry, and the summing-up by the judge in the one court case that followed, largely agreed that there had been no panic on the part of the victims so they were not to blame. It was the Hillsborough of its day.

The Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust has already built two thirds of a memorial to remember those who lost their lives.  The Friends of the PWRR are completing this challenge to raise funds for the memorial's completion and so that the lives of these innocent victims can be remembered forever.

Any donation you can make will be very very welcome.  We thank you for your support.

Brian, Russell, Matt and Monty


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