A SERVICE to mark the 75th anniversary of the bombing during the Second World War was held on Saturday.

Mayor Rose Williams led a ceremony and presented a wreath at Town Hall Square to remember the 41 people who were killed on February 10, 1943.

Dozens of people were injured by the People's Pantry Bombing, which saw four 500kg dropped on Reading town centre.

Cllr Williams said: “It is important we mark this anniversary to remember the people of Reading who lost their lives on that fateful day in 1943. I am sure their families appreciate this mark of respect."

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The devastation could have been a lot worse, but many of the shops were empty due to the fact that it was half day closing.

Guests were invited to attend an illustrated talk by local historian Mike Cooper before the wreath-laying ceremony.

Only 37 of the victims were identified, the youngest being two 10-year-old children.

The bombs fell in a line from the north bank of the Kennet to just outside the town hall.

A commemorative plaque was unveiled five years ago as part of the 70th anniversary.