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Restored Pillbox connects us to a moment in history

Editor's Viewpoint

When we think of a heritage building, we imagine some great municipal edifice, but in east Belfast work has just finished on restoring a much more humble piece of history. It is a pillbox which was erected as part of the local defences in 1940 but fell into disrepair when The Oval, Glentoran's football ground, was destroyed by German bombers.

The building will be unveiled next month when the club celebrates the 70th anniversary of its return to The Oval. The pillbox shows that built heritage comes in all shapes and sizes, but no matter how insignificant it may look it is a valuable link to a time when war touched Belfast.

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