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Palatial comfort


Your report ( N C E 2 5 October) on the conference about the Crystal Palace structure stirred my memory to the night of the fire in 1937. As a youngster living in Streatham Hill, I had a dramatic view of the burning Palace and was deeply moved by the tragedy.

It was a small consolation that one of the towers remained standing but at the beginning of World War II I witnessed its demolition as a landmark for enemy aircraft.

John A Percival (F), 17 Tiltwood Drive, Crawley Down, West Sussex

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