History - They have remembered

25th June 2010 at 01:00
Pupils at a Kilmarnock school have produced a small book to commemorate victims of the Second World War bombing raid on the town.

Pupils at a Kilmarnock school have produced a small book to commemorate victims of the Second World War bombing raid on the town.

The P6-7s at Gargieston Primary had already created the first permanent memorial to the four Culzean Crescent residents who died in May 1941 - a bench with a plaque inscribed with the victims' names (pictured) - and invited surviving relatives to an unveiling ceremony (TESS, April 16).

We Have Remembered records the events of the bombing and how the school responded, nearly 70 years after the first calls for a memorial were made. The school's research has delighted relatives and residents as pupils have uncovered details little reported in 1941, perhaps because authorities did not want to draw attention to the bombing.

The school did not feel it was appropriate to make money out of the book, so copies have been given free to victims' families, residents, libraries and the local genealogy centre and historical society.

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