On 25th May 1917, a Friday night, a German plane dropped a bomb on Tontine Street in Folkestone killing more than 60 people. My father was just a couple of minutes away as he had been sent by his mother to buy vegetables for the weekend from ‘Stokes’, a shop that was destroyed by the explosion.

He was descending the steps that still connect St Michael’s Street to Tontine Street and by a strange coincidence, my wife’s father at the same time was entering Tontine Street from the harbour area about a hundred yards from the where the bomb landed.

Courtesy of David Crocker


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