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Thousands Visit "Lost" Air Raid Shelter

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7:23am 15th September 2014

More than 3,800 people climbed down the steps into the recently re-discovered King’s Lynn Air Raid Shelter on Sunday.

It was the star of the show at the Heritage Open Day which also saw some of King's Lynn's oldest buildings open to the public.

The shelter was built for use in the Second World War but was then covered over when the bombs stopped falling. It remained sealed up and dry through the 1953 floods and for the next several decades.

Alistair Cox, Town Centre Manager, says it wasn't completely forgotten as it remained on plans of the area but no one knew how to get in.

Workmen found it by accident when carrying out surveys ahead of the resurfacing of the area, and now it’s been cleaned and modern lighting has been fitted, it's hoped it will open more often.

Speaking on Sunday night, Mr Cox says the crowds have proved the demand is there, and it will be re-opened in the near future.

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