A NEW park commemorating people killed and injured by German bombers in the Second World War is to be proposed to Worcester City Council.

The park would be built near the site of the old Meco works in Bromyard Road where, on October 3, 1940, a lone German bomber aircraft hit St John’s, killing seven people and injuring 50 others and destroying a number of houses.

No public memorial exists to commemorate the bombing, and with allotment land known as Sanctuary Park to be developed for housing, a motion to build a memorial park has been put forward by St John’s city councillor Richard Udall and will go before the authority on July 16.

The Meco bombing was the only one to cause a loss of life in Worcester during the Second World War.

Cllr Udall said: “The bombing is still remembered in St John’s and many people can still recall the events and have heard stories from parents and grandparents who both witnessed and remembered the incident.

“The new park would be a fitting and lasting memorial to the events of that tragic day, and would act as a symbol of peace and reconciliation, it will be a place where children can play safely and where residents could go for quiet reflection and relaxation.

“I have long argued that a memorial to the events of 1940 is needed in Worcester, especially in St John’s where the bombing happened.

“I can’t think of a better way to do this than to dedicate a new park for the wellbeing of the local community to the memory of the dead and injured.

“I hope the new park will include a community orchard, a wild flower meadow with poppies both red and white, and an area for picnics, kicking a ball and dog walking.

“I sincerely hope that councillors from across the political divide will be able to support this motion and that we can open a new park in Worcester.”

According to the plans, the current Sanctuary Park will be divided into two sites with one side having 25 new houses for rent, to be built by Fortis Living.



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