Shortly before midnight on Saturday 3 May 1941 a lone German nuisance raider dropped 4 bombs on the Tyneside town of North Shields.  Tragically,  the fourth bomb scored a direct hit on Wilkinson’s lemonade factory. The Public Air Raid Shelter in the building’s basement was completely destroyed. Of the 192 people present,  107 people were killed. Entire families were wiped out. It was the costliest single bomb incident in the entire provincial blitz.

Our thoughts are with those of our townsfolk who lost their lives that night and with the many who were injured but survived and also with those who worked bravely and tirelessly to rescue those trapped. Heroes all.