MEMORIES OF TOWN'S DARKEST HOUR

Sad memories have been rekindled of the night a German landmine fell on the centre of Kenilworth destroying the Globe Hotel and killing 28 people.

Sad memories have been rekindled of the night a German landmine fell on the centre of Kenilworth destroying the Globe Hotel and killing 28 people.On November 21, 1940 a massive blast rocked the square demolishing the pub which was housing 50 bombed-out people from Coventry.The landmine was dropped around 2am and blew the top off the clock tower and obliterated a number of shops.Among the Globe survivors was Roy Stanley, of Mortimer Road, who will never forget that dark night 60 years ago.Then aged 14, he was staying with his cousin Ralph in a back room at the pub, where their uncle Jim and his wife Florrie were landlords.It was thought to be safer than remaining at their Coventry homes so they slept at the hotel every night before travelling back to school during the daytime.Mr Stanley, 74, recalled: We could not take it all in at the time but of 30 people in the room where we were, I think 14 were killed. An old lady sleeping next to me was among those who died. A beam from the ceiling dropped onto her. I remember waking up among rubble and hardly being able to breathe with the dust of plaster and brick clogging my mouth. Then I felt fresh air all around and was put into a car near the Kenilworth clock before I passed out. I was badly bruised but no bones were broken. It was definitely a landmine which was dropped by the Germans. Someone found a piece of parachute cord later. His parents were also sleeping in the hotel that night and survived, along with his uncle and aunt. They later took over the tenancy of a pub in North Wales.Mr Stanley added: It s important to remember the anniversary of this terrible incident. Mr Stanley has written an account of his memories which can be purchased for 50p. The money will be a donation to Kenilworth Stroke Group where he is a member. Call him on 858459.