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Londoners find out what life was like in an air-raid shelter

PUBLISHED: 18:50 20 September 2010 | UPDATED: 10:43 23 September 2010

crowded life in a London air-raid shelter

crowded life in a London air-raid shelter

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A UNIQUE insight into life in air-raid shelters during the London Blitz is being staged this week when a disused Underground station once used as a shelter is being opened to the public.

A UNIQUE insight into life in air-raid shelters during the London Blitz is being staged this week when a disused Underground station once used as a shelter is being opened to the public.

Aldwych station in The Strand is opens as part of a series of events marking the 70th anniversary of the start for the Blitz and the Battle of Britain in September, 1940.

Public tours run from Friday until Sunday, but already tickets have been virtually sold out, organisers warn.

Aldwych station, at the end of a one-stop spur from Holborn on the Piccadilly Line, was used as an air-raid shelter during the Blitz, like other deep-level Tube stations. It continued running peak time services until it was closed in 1994.

The ‘Aldwych experience’ is being run in conjunction with an exhibition at the nearby London Transport Museum in Covent Garden, until March 31, showing how London struggled to keep its public transport going during the bombing. Another exhibition is being staged at City Hall until September 27, Monday to Thursday 8.30am-6pm, Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.


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