Ex-servicemen and women from Rugby invited to Remembrance Parade at the Cenotaph

The Royal Observer Corps Association
The Royal Observer Corps Association

Almost forgotten today, a once secret relic of the Cold War still survives at Church Lawford, near Rugby.

Some sixty years ago, at the height of the Cold War, a secret underground nuclear bunker at Church Lawford would have played a vital role in the defence of the UK in the event of nuclear war.

Local men and women from Rugby and the surrounding area, all volunteers with the Royal Observer Corps (ROC), were trained to operate secret equipment deep in the huge bunker, and also in a network of smaller underground posts situated throughout the UK.

Today, the bunker lies unmanned and forgotten, but the spirit of the ROC lives on locally through the Coventry Royal Observer Corps Association (CROCA), and its members are organising a coach to London on Remembrance Sunday, November 8.

Spokesman Dave Peace, who served for 30 years as an ROC volunteer, said: “We were proud to wear RAF blue uniform and serve our country during the Cold War. We still keep in touch with old colleagues and we offer a warm welcome to any ex-service folk or their families who may wish to come to London with us on Sunday to see the Remembrance Parade at the Cenotaph.”

The coach will pick up in Coventry and at Watford Gap services on the M1.

Anyone interested can contact Dave by phone on 01827 250676.