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An Anderson air raid shelter has found a new home as a museum piece.

The shelter, from the garden of one of The Gateshead Housing Company’s properties at Neville Crescent, Birtley, was flagged up for removal when the house became empty after a 40-year tenancy.

The company’s empty homes subcontractors Pinkney performed the removal free of charge, and the shelter was taken to Blyth Battery for refurbishment before going to its new permanent home at Aln Valley Railway Trust in Alnwick.

More than 3.5 million Anderson shelters were built in domestic gardens during World War II to protect people from bomb blasts.

Repairs and Maintenance Manager Paul Guss said: “The shelter was certainly very robust – it took a lot of digging out! It was worth the effort, knowing that it’s now being preserved as a piece of history for future generations to enjoy.”

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