Today marks the 80th anniversary of the second of two German raids on a factory in Yate during World War Two.

55 men and women lost their lives with 170 others injured at Parnall Aircraft on Station Road when two bombs were dropped on the landmark factory across two raids in 1941.

German pilots spotted the factory by chance and the first bombing took place on February 27, with 51 people dying.

Just one week later, the Germans attacked again, targetting the factory and killing four more innocent civilians.

In 1950, a permanent memorial was created to remember those who lost their lives and those who were injured during the raids.

Every year the bombings are commemorated during Remembrance Sunday, in a service of memorial takes place to remember the tragedy.

On Saturday, a small group gathered at the Parnall Memorial in St Mary’s Churchyard for a commemoration service led by Reverend Iain MacFarlane and attended by representatives of the Whirlpool Factory, previously Parnalls, the Royal British Legion (RBL) and Yate Town Council.

Robert Broom attended to represent the family of William Reeves who is named on the Parnall Memorial and who lost his life during the bombings.

To watch the commemoration service, produced by Reverend Hywel Snook click here

Or visit the St Mary's Church, Yate website.