75 years on from the day a Rushden school was bombed and seven pupils died

The plaque in memory of the pupils who died

The plaque in memory of the pupils who died

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Former pupils and relatives are being invited to mark the 75th anniversary of the day a German bomb hit a school and killed seven children.

This October will be 75 years since Alfred Street Junior School in Rushden was bombed by a plane returning from from a bombing raid in Coventry.

A report of the bombing in 1940

A report of the bombing in 1940

To remember and honour those who died in the tragedy, a memorial is being held at the school for anyone who was at the school at the time or is related to someone who was there in 1940.

Headteacher John Kidney said: “At approximately 10.15am on October 3, 1940, Alfred Street School was bombed by a plane returning from a bombing raid on Coventry.

“As a consequence, seven pupils died, three of whom were evacuees from Colchester.

“On Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 2.30pm, to mark the 75th anniversary, we will be holding a memorial service here at the school.

“Anyone who was here at the time, or is related to someone who was here, and would like to join us for this commemoration would be very welcome.

“We would love to hear from anyone who intends to come, so that we can have an idea of numbers attending.”

On October 3, 1940, a German bomber dropped 18 high explosive bombs and 12 incendiaries in a line across the town.

The children who died were Cecilia Janet Chase, seven, Margaret Joyce Dodd, seven, Denis James Felce, seven, Muriel Ethel Moye, seven, Roy O’Dell, eight, Lorna Mavis Pain, eight, and eight-year-old Donald Edward Scrivens.

More than 100 people attended a similar memorial event at the school five years ago, which included the unveiling of a new plaque showing the names of the children who died.

The school also has a memorial garden to remember those who lost their lives lost that day.

Anyone wishing to attend the memorial service in October can contact the school by phone, post or email.