Chance to see bomb worth shelling out for

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

RES­I­DENTS will have a rare op­por­tu­nity to see a bomb from the Se­cond World War af­ter it was re­cov­ered from the bot­tom of a loch.

The ‘bounc­ing bomb’ is be­ing kept at the East Cheshire Sub Aqua Club af­ter six of its mem­bers helped re­cover it last month.

Now vis­i­tors will have the unique op­por­tu­nity to see the bomb – which is one of two high­balls raised from Loch Striven – at Mac­cles­field head­quar­ters be­fore it is do­nated to mu­seum in Suf­folk.

Kevin Phillips, ECSAC div­ing of­fi­cer and part of the team that re­cov­ered bombs in July, said: “There are only two of th­ese bombs, out of the wa­ter, in the world. Both are go­ing down south so this is a rare op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple here to see them.”

The bombs were among more than 200 high­balls which were left at the bot­tom of Loch Striven since they were tested by the Royal Navy 75 years ago.

Mac­cles­field club mem­bers Mark Pais­ley, Loz Broome, Henry Paisey, Ken Bur­rows, Fred San­tos and Kevin Phillips were all drafted in to help with the mis­sion to re­cover the bombs. It be­gan with a se­ries of ex­ploratory dives to iden­tify which high­balls were suit­able for re­cov­ery, be­fore Royal Navy divers then at­tached spe­cial­ist lift­ing equip­ment to the heavy metal bombs, which were then winched out of the wa­ter.

The bombs, which are in­ac­tive, were then packed ready for trans­port in wet tanks con­tain­ing a spe­cial salt-wa­ter so­lu­tion to pre­vent them from cor­rod­ing.

Kevin added: “This has been un­der the sea for 74 years, so we have to be very care­ful.

“It will have to be kept wet for a long time un­til the PH can balance out. It’s be­ing stored very care­fully be­fore we take it down to Suf­folk.”

Vis­i­tors are in­vited to go along to the club house on Lower Bank Street on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 16, and Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 30, to see the bomb and hear how the team of in­trepid divers re­cov­ered them. It will also be an op­por­tu­nity to learn more about the his­tory of the bombs, which were de­signed by Sir Barnes Wal­lace to use against war­ships and also ap­peared in the film The Dam­busters.

Tick­ets cost £5 and in­cludes food on the night. Pro­ceeds will be put to­wards the cost of restor­ing the bomb. The doors open at 7.30pm with the pre­sen­ta­tion at 8pm. Email high­ball@ ecsac.org.uk for tick­ets.

Pic­tures by Henry Paisey

Project leader Mark Paisey with Dr Iain Mur­ray and a High­ball. Left: The bomb is winched out of Loch Striven

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