Jim digs up air raid shelter in garden

Jim Clark and his grand children Macey Vare (centre) and Olivia Vare with the World War II shelter in his garden at Hartford Road West, Bedlington. 'REF 1803150413
Jim Clark and his grand children Macey Vare (centre) and Olivia Vare with the World War II shelter in his garden at Hartford Road West, Bedlington. 'REF 1803150413
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A Bedlington man was left stunned after stumbling across a piece of history.

Jim Clark was carrying out renovation work in the back garden of his home in Hartford Road West when he dug up an air raid shelter from the Second World War.

Despite being told about the shelter when he bought the house 33 years ago, Jim had never found the concrete bunker until Tuesday.

“We are doing some restoration to the garden and the whole garden has been dug up and we’ve come across this air raid shelter,” he said.

“It’s fully intact, and it was built by the people who lived here before us.

“The roof and everything is there. The entrance is blocked up and we’ve broken in from the top.

“It’s not every day you uncover something like this from the Second World War.”

Jim said the family had been told that the air raid shelter was there when they moved in, but he had not come across it until now.

“For years we’ve had a problem with the lawn not growing properly and this was the reason,” he said.

“It’s part of the history of Bedlington, it must have been built 70 years ago.

“It’s great to come across something like this.”