A memorial plaque is to be erected to commemorate the loss of 20 lives in Newport during a World War II bombing raid in 1943.
Christine Pascoe was nine-years-old when she was blown out of her Chapel Street home by the force of the blast that killed her mother Eva.
Newport was hit with several bombs which also caused damage to Albert Street, Medina Avenue, Clarence Road and Trafalgar Road.
Mrs Pascoe wanted to commemorate the 70th anniversary of her mother’s death on 7 April 1943, and after first approaching MP Andrew Turner, the Isle of Wight Council will now fund a permanent memorial.
Christine told IW Radio:
The bombs dropped about 7:30 in the morning. My dad had left for work and he was where the bus station is now. He saw the bombers coming over, and the bombs coming down. But, of course, didn’t expect one to hit his house and my mum, Eva, was killed and I was blown out of the house and found down where the chicken was – I had the bed on top of me. They think that’s what saved me. I have an awful habit of clearing my throat, and apparently whoever found me just heard me making this noise.
We had a bomb next door to us, and about six houses where the car park is now all went. There was one opposite me as well, which is now a new block of houses in Chapel Street. I don’t remember anything of the bombing because I had head injuries and I was unconscious for about a month and blinded as well.
I have asked if a plaque can be put up so other people can see what devastation there was there. For 70 years, nothing has ever been spoken of, to my memory, and now I’ve got time to sit and think about things, I think it ought to be remembered. There are so many people that don’t realise that Newport had a bombing in the first place.
A 70th anniversary memorial service is being held at St John’s Church on Sunday, 7 April