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REVIEW of ATTRACTION 2001
After the Second World War, relations between the former allies of East and West became strained. This situation known as the Cold War, escalated to such an extent that Britain built a series of bunkers to act as early warning of a nuclear attack, all along its East Coast. This was one of them and until recently was still covered by the Official Secrets Act.
However, Scotlands secret bunker is now open to whoever wants to visit (and pay the entrance fee of course!)
That said however, the attraction is worth visiting if you can put this strange and eerie sensation to the back of your mind. The attraction consists of two levels, which are open to the public. The first level consists of mock-ups of rooms, as they would have been during the time that the bunker was in service. This includes dormitories (no room for privacy here- hot bed system- if you're not in it someone else is), the B.B.C. broadcasting studio
and the coffee shop, which is based in the former canteen. On the subject of the coffee shop, I am happy to report that when we visited (20 May 2001), the food was actually reasonably priced and of a decent standard- I'll say no more.
On this floor is also a room dedicated to the Royal Observer Corps. Whilst it is made clear that they wouldn't have served at the bunker, they would have provided vital information to those who did. Their main duties were to provide information on the level and intensity of nuclear blasts and radioactive fallout (do I hear any volunteers for that job?)
The second floor provides further insight into what life would have been like in the bunker. The first room is a mock-up of an R.A.F. operations room from the 1950's, which monitored the frequent incursions into NATO airspace by the Warsaw Pact countries. A communications centre which was the vital link to the outside world from the safety of the bunker, the plant room which houses (the still operational) air filter system and the Central Government and Nuclear Operations room. In addition to these displays are also a small armoury, Civil Defence Corps display and an exhibition by C.N.D. (the campaign for nuclear disarmament)
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