The Bethnal Green Memorial fund, which you may recall has built half the memorial but still fund raising for the main piece has secured a £10,000 donation from TfL.
They still need another £75,000 to finish the project, but are now able to start to order the teak for the ‘stairway’ right now.
The Bethnal Green disaster was the worst lost of civilian life during WW2, as 173 people were crushed to death on the staircase leading down to the tube station. The memorial is a mirror image of the staircase, leading up to heaven as the original lead down to carnage.
Despite claims that the disaster was covered up and kept secret, that is an urban myth that really needs to be banished as it was widely reported in the newspapers at the time. It seems somehow discourteous to those who died to claim their deaths were covered up.
A small plaque later marked the spot of the disaster, and more recently a more significant memorial has been planned, and half built. They are still fund raising for the rest to finish it.
If you want to donate to the memorial fund, you can do so here.
TfL’s £10,000 donation goes some way towards helping.
Incidentally, the only way I knew about TfL’s donation was by reading The Guardian, where a short sentence in a wider unrelated article mentioned it, and then found out that the memorial fund has a rarely updated blog mentioning it.
Shouldn’t a cheque for £10,000 be shouted about? A chance for a press release and tons of publicity in the media?