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Chance to explore secret Cold War bunker on edge of Preston

Posted on - 14th August, 2023 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - History, Preston News, South Ribble News, What's On in Preston
The Brindle bunker site Pic: Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days are giving the opportunity to explore a secret Cold War Bunker just outside Preston.

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Part of a network of more than 1,000 small underground bunkers built to monitor nuclear fallout of a bomb had been dropped on Preston.

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Work is ongoing to restore the bunker in Denham Lane, Brindle, back to how it would have been just before it was decommissioned in the early 1990s.

Read more: Explore more about Preston’s history and heritage

The bunkers would have been manned by three volunteers from the Royal Observer Corps.

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Their task was to take measurements of the scale of the nuclear bomb blast and its resultant fallout over a period of two weeks after the attack.

They would phone or radio these results back to a regional HQ on a routine basis.

You must pre-book for the tour of the bunker and you must be aged over 12, physically fit and able to descend a 14ft ladder without assistance.

Read more: Preston Railway Station’s secret underground World War I platform

Most of the tour is due to take place overground and the tour is not suitable for those with mobility issues or claustrophobia.

The tours are running on Saturday 9 September from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday 17 September from 10am to 4pm.

There’s a maximum of three people per tour and each tour takes around an hour.

Booking is via Eventbrite with only the 9 September event able to book for at present.

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