British subway becomes museum on Blitz 70th anniversary
Friday 24 September 2010
A London subway station used as a shelter during the Nazi bombing campaign has been recreated to look as it would have done in 1940 and opened to the public on the 70th anniversary of the Blitz.
Visitors will this weekend get the chance to tour the disused station, one of the first to be used as an air raid shelter during the Nazi campaign, as part of events to commemorate the bombing of Britain from 1940 to 1941.
Actors will take on wartime roles to illustrate the atmosphere in the Underground stations where thousands of Britons were forced to hide as bombs rained down on the capital.
Thousands of lives were saved when London's Underground train system was transformed into an impromptu network of shelters.
Tours at the recreated shelter at Aldwych station - which has been out of use since 1994 - take place from Friday to Sunday and tickets have sold out.
A series of events are being held this month to mark 70 years since the Nazis switched the focus of their offensive to non-military targets, with some 1,000 German planes crossing the North Sea to attack cities.
Thousands of people across Britain died in the raids.
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