A crowd of people entered Bethnal Green tube station which was used at the time as an air-raid shelter. After the searchlights went on and an anti-aircraft battery a few hundred yards away in Victoria Park launched a salvo of a new type of anti-aircraft rockets the crowd surged forward. Someone tripped on the stairs causing many others to fall. 300 people were crushed into the stairwell within a few seconds, 173 of them died and over 90 were injured.
The worst civilian disaster of the 2nd World War. For more about the history go to Stairway to Heaven Memorial
The memorial was designed by local architect Harry Paticas. It is nearly complete and just needs the teak ‘stairway’ that will go on the top. The inverted stairs will house 173 small conical light shafts that will allow sunlight to shine through, each one representing a person who died.