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Belfast Telegraph Bomb Damage - Royal Avenue, Belfast, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 54° 36.185 W 005° 55.851
30U E 310698 N 6054572
Quick Description: This plaque is attached to the Belfast Telegraph Building at the junction of Royal Avenue and Library Street in Belfast. Although damaged by bombing in the Second World War newspaper production carried on.
Location: Ulster, Ireland
Date Posted: 10/10/2019 10:42:09 AM
Waymark Code: WM11EWV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member ištván
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Long Description:

The wording on the plaque reads:

The scars on this stone were caused
in the German air raids of the Second
World War. Despite severe damage
to the building, the 'Belfast Telegraph'
was published without interruption.

The Atlas Obscura website has an article that tells us:

Tours of Belfast tend to focus on things like the Titanic and the Troubles, but one building bears hidden scars from another moment in history. Look out for a plaque on the Telegraph building, and you’ll find lingering damage from the German air raids of 1941.

Belfast was hit hard during World War II. In the spring of 1941, German planes flying over the city killed around 900 people, injured thousands, and destroyed more than 50,000 homes, churches, and businesses.

Not much remains to be seen from this horrific period. But the Telegraph building bears remarkable witness to this terrible destruction, and tells an incredible story of civilian resilience. Somehow—through the terror, despite the damage—the paper continued to publish without delay or interruption.

On April 19, 1941, after hundreds of people had already been killed, and before the bombings were through, the Telegraph published its famous “Carry On, Belfast” message, which concluded by quoting what a local businessman had painted on his destroyed building: “Business as usual. I never liked window-dressing anyway. Now I’ve got a good a good excuse for not doing it. CARRY ON, BELFAST.”

The Telegraph no longer operates out of this building, but its message endures. A small, easily overlooked plaque highlights the building’s scars and honors those who refused to let the bombings stop them from carrying on.

The plaque is quite well hidden! It is located under the window of the corner of the building.

Property Permission: Public

Access instructions: Attached to a building adjacent to a footpath

Access times: From: 12:00 AM To: 11:59 PM

Website for Waymark: [Web Link]

Location of waymark:
Royal Avenue
Belfast, United Kingdom

Commemoration: German bombing in 1941

Date of Dedication: Not listed

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