On this day: 7th July 1944

Seventy years today,  7th July 1944, a German V1 rocket landed on the EMI factory in Blyth Road, Hayes, as a result a concrete shelter roof collapsed, killing 34 and injuring a further eighteen.

Today we honour the men and women based at the EMI Factory and Hayes, whose contribution was essential to the British War effort, in both civilian and military roles. We particularly remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on that fateful day.


A memorial to those killed in the bomb attack on EMI can be found in Cherry Tree Lane Cemetery.

Memorial at Cherry Tree Lane Cemetery, Hayes. 7th July 2014

EMI memorial – Restored by EMI Archive Trust in 1994 by and again in 2009.

Photographs: Courtesy of EMI Archive Trust
Speech: Winston Churchill – War of the Unknown Warrior – Broadcast July 14 1940
Recording: The Gramphone Company, Hayes Middlesex – HMV C.3209
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Memories of EMI – Tris Penna at Abbey Road, 1994

Video

The lovely folks from the EMI Archive Trust sat down with record industry legend – Tris Penna as a part of their Memories of EMI campaign. Tris Penna worked for EMI for 10 years from 1987 to 1997 as a producer, A&R and manager. In this video he shares a short memory of his time at Abbey Road studios and the people he worked with!

If you are interested in taking part in this campaign you can contact the EMI Archive Trust: info@emiarchivetrust.org.