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80th Anniversary of the Inauguration of the Observer Corps


During November 2005, an exhibition will be mounted at Ripley by Geoff Andrews and Jon Layne of the Ashbourne Section of Coventry Royal Observer Corps Association.

Whilst the displays will include details of the national system, it will focus on the ROC in Derbyshire, in particular the two posts local to Ripley. 8D2 Post (Ripley) was in use from 1938 to around 1976, when it disappeared under the new A38 dual carriageway. It was replaced by 8/30 Post (Ambergate), a few miles from Ripley, which opened in 1979 and can claim to be the last underground post built in the UK.

The Tourist Information Centre is in the Old Town Hall in Ripley’s Market Place which is open Mondays to Fridays 0930 to 1730, Saturdays 0930 to 1500 and the exhibition will run from the 2nd to the 29th of November 2005.

Just 5 minutes walk will also take visitors to the birth place of Sir Barnes Wallis, a private house with a blue commemorative plaque.

Jon Layne
Secretary Ashbourne Section CROCA

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