An article in the Belfast Telegraph (1.4.1941) advised people to ‘make friends with the people next door’. In the event of bomb damage to properties ‘rescue squads will be greatly facilitated in their work and will know exactly where to look for possible casualties. In many cases valuable time is lost searching in ruins of houses which had been empty…’[1]


Between 7th April and 6th May 1941, four aerial bombing raids on Belfast killed over 900 people, injured 1,500 and damaged about half of the city’s homes. Thousands were made homeless and over 100,000 residents fled to the country. This period in Belfast’s history has become known as the Belfast Blitz. To mark the 81st anniversary, key events each day over the Blitz period are being retold here on this website and also on Twitter (@drtomstours).

[1] Belfast Telegraph, 1 May 1941, p.4.