A SPECIAL service was held today (February 10) to honour those who died in Reading when bombs were dropped in the Second World War.

On February 10, 1943, 41 people died after a lone German plane dropped four 500kg bombs in Reading town centre.

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Many of those killed in the bombing had been in The People's Pantry, just opposite the Town Hall, which had been set up as an emergency feeding centre offering cheap meals to help supplement rationed food.

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Led by the deputy mayor of Reading, councillor David Stevens, a service to remember those who died took place in Town Hall Square.

A wreath was laid at near a commemorative plaque, as pupils from St Mary's and All Saints Primary School attended and laid wreaths they had made in school.