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Last bomb of the war found in Guildhall Walk

The explosive being steamed out of the bomb casing.

The explosive being steamed out of the bomb casing.

 

I wonder how many people under the age of 30 know that a Second World War bomb war that fell on the city 40 years previously was discovered in 1984?

The 500lb monster was found by workmen digging on the site of the old Hippodrome theatre and caused the cancellation of a Bob Hope performance at the Guildhall.

Disposal experts from the Royal Engineers regiment at Chatham in Kent arrived at 2.30pm on October 13, 1984 to work on the bomb, which was embedded in concrete.

Major Alistair Craig, in charge of the team, said: ‘It was a very dangerous bomb. If it had gone off there would have been severe damage over a 300-yard radius.’

Having defused the bomb, the team used high-pressure steam to melt and flush out the explosive.

After this, a controlled explosion scattered shrapnel over some distance with a large piece landing at the feet of a policeman taking cover near the Guildhall.

 

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