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Rare colour footage of London Blitz found

Previously unseen colour footage of London during the Blitz has been found in an attic in England.

The amateur footage includes images of bombed-out landmarks such as the John Lewis department store on Oxford Street.

Sir Winston Churchill also makes a brief appearance in the footage as he reviews a parade of civil defence workers in Hyde Park.

The 20 minute film covers the period between Sep 7, 1940 and May 10, 1941, and was shot by the wartime mayor of Marylebone in west London, Alfred Coucher, who was also the area’s chief air raid warden.

After the war he stored the films in his attic where they were recently discovered by his family and passed on to the St Marylebone Society, an architectural preservation group of which he was founder.

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