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Featured anniversary | 21 November 1974: Birmingham reels from bombings

Thursday night in Birmingham in late 1974: it was payday and the pubs were heaving. The Tavern in the Town, not far from New Street station, was packed, the air thick with conversation and cigarette smoke. Just after 8.15pm, a few drinkers heard a muffled thump. Though none of them knew it, a bomb had gone off in another busy pub a few moments’ walk away, the Mulberry Bush. Ten minutes later, there was a gigantic bang – and the roof fell in on the Tavern in the Town.

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A police officer stands before the damage caused by one of the two pub bombings which hit the city on 21 November 1974