‘The Day World War Two Came to Chatburn’: book published

John Ridgway is pictured with Christine Fish (CVS), Bill and Jean Stratton in Chatburn for the launch of the World War II book. G030311/3b
John Ridgway is pictured with Christine Fish (CVS), Bill and Jean Stratton in Chatburn for the launch of the World War II book. G030311/3b

A BOOK which tells the story of “The Day World War Two Came To Chatburn” has been published.

Written by Rodney Read, the book includes personal accounts of the day the village was bombed, reproduces press and Ministry of Defence reports, plus much more.

Last year was the 70th anniversary of that daylight raid, which took place on October 30th, 1940, killing two people and injuring others.

John Ridgway, administrator for Chatburn village website, has worked in the absence of the book’s author, who now lives abroad, to raise the necessary funds to have the book published.

He explained: “When Rodney Read set about researching the story of why Chatburn was bombed on the 30th of October, 1940, he had two things in mind. The first was to try to solve the mystery of ‘why Chatburn?’, and set the story straight.

“Secondly he wanted the story to be printed and published in a book so it would be preserved as part of Chatburn’s history. This we now have done.”

Grants to enable the book’s production were donated by Hyndburn and Ribble Valley CVS’ Small Sparks fund, which provided £500.

“We searched around looking for funders to help with the cost of the project and found the Small Sparks fund, we also applied to the Duchy Of Lancaster Benevolent Fund, where we were also successful,” Mr Ridgway said. “The remainder of the money came from local funds.”

Christine Fish, the chief officer at Hyndburn and Ribble Valley CVS, added: “We were very pleased to be able to offer support with this project and signposted them onto the Small Sparks fund and helped with their application. The book is a social history and will forever be part of Chatburn.’’

The book is on sale at Chatburn Post office, Chatburn Library, Hudson’s ice cream shop, Clitheroe Library, the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe, and Clitheroe Tourist Information Centre.

Priced at £4, all the profits from the book will go towards the Chatburn village website fund.