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History: Archeologist Emma McBride at an old air raid shelter at Pakenham street in Belfast

History: Archeologist Emma McBride at an old air raid shelter at Pakenham street in Belfast

Stephen Hamilton

History: Archeologist Emma McBride at an old air raid shelter at Pakenham street in Belfast

It is the surviving relic of a world war that thousands of people in Belfast drive or walk past every day without even noticing.

For hidden in plain sight in the wall that protected the former Donegall Pass police station from bomb attacks during the Troubles is a throwback to a defence from the Second World War.

A closer inspection of the perimeter fortifications at the Pakenham Street junction reveals front and side walls from an air raid shelter that was there at the height of the war with Germany.


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