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NOVEM­BER 14, 1990: Dame Vera Lynn brought the blitz com­mem­o­ra­tion to life by flick­ing on a pe­riod ra­dio set and lis­ten­ing to the an­nounce­ment that her­alded the Sec­ond World War. Ex­actly 50 years on from the air raid of Novem­ber 1940, Dame Vera ar­rived to help the peo­ple of Coven­try mark the an­niver­sary and the re-emer­gence of the city. She opened a Blitz Ex­pe­ri­ence ex­hi­bi­tion at Coven­try’s Mu­seum of Bri­tish Road Trans­port, which recre­ated the city’s dark­est night in sight and sound. Af­ter­wards she de­scribed the ex­hi­bi­tion as “re­al­is­tic and quite fright­en­ing in a way”. She said: “It will make a lot of peo­ple aware of what hap­pened. It isn’t glo­ri­fy­ing it at all.” Later she was due to switch on the Christ­mas lights. She ar­rived at the mu­seum in a car used by Field Mar­shall Vis­count Mont­gomery, with a crowd singing We’ll Meet Again to wel­come her. Were you there? Share your mem­o­ries by writ­ing to let­ters@coven­try­tele­graph. net or the ad­dress op­po­site.

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