Thursday, April 28, 2011

How Westminster Abbey survived the Blitz

On 29 April 2011, Westminster Abbey will take centre stage when Prince William and Kate Middleton marry.

Expected to draw a worldwide television audience numbering an astonishing 2.5 billion people, it will be the 16th royal wedding to take place at the 1,000-year-old Abbey.

Yet 2011 also marks another dramatic anniversary for this venerable institution. Seventy years ago, the eyes of the world were drawn to Westminster Abbey during the blitz.

To save it required the enormous courage, dedication and skill of the abbey's staff and London's fire crews

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