CLYDEBANK paused at the weekend for an annual remembrance of the hundreds of family members who died in the Blitz.

Tens of thousands more residents were evacuated from the town even as many lives were saved by heroism on March 13 and 14, 1941.

Dignitaries laid wreaths on Saturday at Dalnottar Cemetery and at Solidarity Plaza, and there was a special acknowledgement as ever for the role of Polish sailors aboard the ORP Piorun who helped defend the town while at John Browns.

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Provost William Hendrie told the Post: “I was extremely privileged to lead the memorial services for the residents who sadly lost their lives during the Blitz 78 years ago.

“These attacks devastated our town, and it’s hard to comprehend what life must have been like for those who survived.

“Our annual memorial services are always very emotional, but I’m thankful we were able to come together and honour those who were killed as well as those who helped to rebuild the town of Clydebank.”

Clydebank MSP Gil Paterson, who was also at the service along with MP Martin Docherty-Hughes, said: “Saturday’s ceremony proved to me that, although time passes, respect in Clydebank for those who suffered and died during the blitz continues to grow.”

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