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Posted by: medwayboy
« on: May 15, 2010, 15:43:32 »

Went on the tour this morning and had a brilliant time. Bigger than expected. Had a quick briefing about the R.O.C before venturing into the bunker. We were told they have one next week which is fully booked, 1 in June and 2 in July depending on demand.
looking at previous pictures nothing much has changed apart from the racking being cleared in the lower level. Put a couple up and linked all my pics for anyone who wishes to see them  :)

Posted by: cliveh
« on: January 22, 2010, 08:12:29 »

Double centre page spread in todays Kent Messenger about this ROC post. Looks like Maidstone Museum Foundation will be offering tours of the post, in the next few months, for a maximum of 20 people at a time. They give a phone number 01622 602838 for further info.
Posted by: kyn
« on: September 09, 2009, 14:39:19 »

Posted by: merc
« on: September 04, 2009, 13:36:29 »

I've just recieved a copy of a letter sent from Brachers to the Heart of Kent Hospice,Preston Hall,Aylesford  :)

Dear Sirs

Re: Donation from Kent History Forum

Please find enclosed a cheque in the sum of 50 being donations from members of the Kent History Forum as a result of them being given a tour of the Cold War Bunker that we have on our premises.

Yours faithfully

Carol Vizzard

Office Manager
Brachers LLP

Posted by: karlostg
« on: September 01, 2009, 09:00:13 »

some different angles and peeps

(the roof, errr what ladder?)

It was a brilliant trip, cheers for sorting it Merc
Posted by: kyn
« on: August 29, 2009, 21:06:25 »


Posted by: BenG
« on: August 29, 2009, 20:37:07 »

Here is a few of my shots from todays trip.

Posted by: kyn
« on: August 29, 2009, 18:39:30 »

Thanks to Merc for arranging this.  It was good to see you all today  :)  I think we were all surprised by the size of this bunker, it was alot bigger than i expected!
Posted by: merc
« on: August 26, 2009, 17:31:49 »

Friday,June 10,1960


General Sir Sidney Kirkman,Director-General of Civil Defence,will open the first of a number of specially constructed Group headquarters for the Royal Observer Corps at Maidstone on June 25th.
The R.O.C. for many years the "eyes" of R.A.F. Fighter Command in an aircraft spotting role,now has resposibility for reporting nuclear fall-out,  and the new buildings have been designed to allow members of the Corps to operate for long periods,completely self contained,in the event of a nuclear war.
Maidstone will be the headqarters of No. 1 Group R.O.C., a similar subterranean HQ will be opened for No. 17 Group at Wrexham,North Wales by Lord Brecon,Minister of State for Welsh Affairs,on July 9.

Over 700 out of a total of 1,500 heavily protected underground R.O.C. posts have also been built around Britain in the past three years in which volunteer observers linked to the Groups controlling them,would work during nuclear warfare,the air ministry announce today.

The new air conditioned headquarters at Maidstone consist of an Operations room,Officers Dormitories for men and women,Contamination-cleansing rooms, a Kitchen and Canteen,Training and Storage rooms.
The walls are furnished in a coating of anti-condensation material.
The functions of the nuclear-age headquarters would be to receive an coordinate information of fall-out from the Posts they control and from other Groups and pass it on to the Civil Defence authorities,the services and other interested organisations.
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