Nottingham has commemorated its largest Second World War air raid by holding a ceremony in the city.

The event was held at St Mary’s Church from 6pm at the memorial stone which lists the names of 37 servicemen and women who died on duty between 1940 and 1999.

To mark the ceremony, the air raid sign on top of the Galleries of Justice sounded for a minute.

Former firefighter turned fundraiser, Dave Needham, campaigned to raise money for the £20,000 memorial.

The member of the Fire Service Preservation Group said: “It’s about remembering those who put their lives on the line for others. It’s about humanity and service to people.

Hitler’s Luftwaffe dropped 1100 bombs on the evening of the May 8 and into the early morning of May 9, 1945.

These bombs claimed the lives of 200 people across Sneinton, Carlton, Colwick and West Bridgeford.

Mr Needham added: “They were ordinary people like you and me, but they did extraordinary things to help others.”

Whilst Nottingham was not as severely hit as other cities in Britain during the Second World War this raid was considered the city’s biggest attack.

Two reservoirs of water were needed by the Nottinghamshire fire service in order to bring the fires under control.

Despite the chaos that ensued, the fatalities and the many hundreds that were injured, Mr Needham said that Nottingham did not suffer a “knockout blow.”

“Nottingham would have looked very different today had they come back.

“Usually there would be a follow-up raid, just when the firefighters are exhausted, but it fizzled out to nothing,” he said.