U3A’s Local History Group Brings War back to Hesketh Bank

Becconsall U3A’s Local History Group joined forces with Friends of Becconsall Old Church to commemorate the 75th anniversary of a historic chapter in this normally sleepy Lancashire village. The event which was held on 14th April was thrown open to the public and drew lots of interest from local residents and some from further afield.

A packed church heard how, 75 years ago, in April 1941 a German plane was shot down over Banks Marsh. Then, just a week later, a German bomber fleeing from an air raid on Liverpool jettisoned its remaining payload over Hesketh Bank. Becconsall Old Church itself suffered from one nearby explosion, which caused widespread shrapnel damage to the surrounding gravestones.

4 local residents, all related (3 of them members of the U3A Local History Group)  recounted their childhood memories of when the bombs dropped and then seeing the damage and destruction for themselves.]

Photo above: Sisters Margaret and Mary joined by brother, Bob and cousin Jenny give their accounts of the bombing. (Pictures courtesy of Lynda McIntyre - copyright)

Photo above:
Sisters Margaret and Mary joined by brother, Bob and cousin Jenny give their accounts of the bombing. (Pictures courtesy of Lynda McIntyre – copyright)

In keeping with the wartime theme, visitors were treated to spam sandwiches and jam tarts while the U3A’s Ukulele Band played Vera Lynn’s We’ll meet again and other songs from the 1940’s.

75 years since bombs dropped on Hesketh Bank, Remembering 15 April 1941; Old Church Hesketh Bank; Becconsal U3A (University of the Third Age),

75 years since bombs dropped on Hesketh Bank, Remembering 15 April 1941; Old Church Hesketh Bank; Becconsal U3A (University of the Third Age),

75 years since bombs dropped on Hesketh Bank, Remembering 15 April 1941; Old Church Hesketh Bank; Becconsal U3A (University of the Third Age),

75 years since bombs dropped on Hesketh Bank, Remembering 15 April 1941; Old Church Hesketh Bank; Becconsal U3A (University of the Third Age),

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