Video: Angus teens fundraising to restore cold war bunker

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The two teens behind the bid to restore the Nuclear Monitoring Post at Aberlemno have organised a fundraising event for the project.

Lachlan Macleod and Ronnie O’Rourke are hosting a quiz night in Aberlemno Hall on September 18 to raise money to buy equipment for the site.

Pictured are Ronnie and Lachlan.

Pictured are Ronnie and Lachlan.

The quiz starts at 7.30pm and consist £5 for a team of four.

So far, the projet to restore the site has been helped by the local community and fellow restorers in Angus - including Jim Sherrit who is restoring the Edzell post.

Lachlan explained: “We get help from local ex-members of the Royal Observer Corps who served in these posts.

“A lot of the stuff we have to reproduce ourselves because they’re either hard to get or ridiculously expensive.

The work to restore is largely been done by the duo during the weekend, as Ronnie attends Brechin High School and Lachlan is about to start at college.

Lachlan added:“We’ve had some helped from Mr Coates, the history teacher at Brechin High School. We’ve even got some of the teachers coming to the quiz night to help support us.”

The Aberlemno post was active between 1961 and 1968. This post, along with over 1500 others, was part of the front line against a nuclear threat from the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and was manned by volunteers.

Lachlan and Ronnie are aiming to restore the site and open it as visitor attraction.

The duo’s project is also part of the Crowdfund Angus scheme.

The boys hope to raise £1000 by September 24 to buy equipment such as a generator, radio and a bed.

The post currently has one bed in it, but during its operation it would have had a set of bunk beds, plus another single bed.

Describing the project on the Crowfunder website, Lachlan explained: “Very few people ever realised that these bunkers were scattered across the country, but we hope that we will be able to turn the bunker into a community visitor attraction and educate the public.

“This will not be possible without your support, as getting hold of the old equipment, buying consumables, advertising and just keeping the post in good, dry condition is a very costly business.”

To donate to the project, visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/aberlemno-bunker-restoration-project

Information and updates on how the restoration is progressing can be found at www.facebook.com/aberlemnorocpost or at https://aberlemnobunker.wordpress.com.