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Brighton Visitor – Brighton & Hove, Sussex, UK | October 20, 2018

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WWII Air Raid Shelter, Whitehawk, Brighton

Brighton Visitor
  • On May 18, 2011

Tucked away below Race Hill and on the grounds of Whitehawk Primary school, you’ll find the carefully restored WWII Air Raid shelter. I took a tour – part of the Brighton Fringe Festival and brought Joe (13). Derek and Charlie showed us around, retelling snippets of their experiences and memories during the war. On display are many artifacts from the period and Derek engaged Joe by asking what he thought they were ? Good question – he thought the meat grinder was a pasta maker (there’s a chain of thought here…) and as for the peculiar looking tongs, I was surprised to learn they were curling tongs – in fact not dissimiliar in shape to our modern day hair straighteners! I shivered at the thought that this shelter was used by up to 500 people, all packed in sitting on benches that ran the length of the tunnels, for anything up to hours at a time. The tour takes an hour, is great for all ages and well worth adding to anyone’s agenda as part of this years festival.