Souvenir of wartime explosion
Sir, Further to your article (Herald, 25th February) headed “Westmorland villages could have been wiped out”, I had no idea that it was originally planned for the 6,500 tons of bombs and other explosive material that exploded in the former gypsum mine at Fauld, Staffordshire, in November, 1944, to be stored in a former mine at Acorn Bank.
I was aged 11 at the time and clearly recall hearing the explosion that afternoon while at school in Ashbourne, some 10 miles from Fauld.
I also heard that day that the farmer and his wife of the obliterated farm had been killed as they arrived home from market in a pony and trap.
When I lived at Mayfield, just outside Ashbourne, in 1980 a farmer neighbour took my two sons, aged nine and 10, and myself to Fauld to see the crater and I brought home a large piece of bomb casing that I found in it. Yours etc,