Cold War bunker to re-open

Daily Record - - NEWS - BY PAUL RODGER

A SE­CRET Cold War nu­clear bunker which was con­sid­ered the “first de­fence against the Rus­sians” will open to the pub­lic.

The his­toric bunker in Barn­ton Quarry, near Ed­in­burgh, was built in the 50s amid fears of Soviet power – and re­mained a se­cret un­til the 80s.

Deep un­der­ground in Corstor­phine Hill, four miles from the cap­i­tal, it could ac­com­mo­date 400 politi­cians.

It served as Sec­tor Op­er­a­tions Cen­tre for co-or­di­nat­ing RAF fighter jets and pro­tected Scot­land from attack by Rus­sian long-range nu­clear bombers un­til about 1960.

Am­a­teur his­to­rian Grant More, 38, vol­un­teered his time to help open the bunker to the pub­lic.

He said: “I grew up in the area and am a bunker nut. I used to play around the site of the Barn­ton Quarry as a kid.

“It’s an im­por­tant part of our na­tional her­itage.”

The bunker will be open to the pub­lic on Septem­ber 29 and 30 as part of Doors Open Day 2018.

SE­CRET Nu­clear bunker

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