At Ripley in Derbyshire during November, there was an excellent display which told the story of the Observer Corps from its foundation in 1925, through its above ground and underground phases to stand-down in 1991. The exhibition was set up by Geoff Andrews who served in the ROC at Southend but who now lives in Ripley and is a member of the Ashbourne Section of Coventry ROCA.
In addition to having a comprehensive collection of uniforms, memorabilia and other ROC material, Geoff managed to make contact with members of the Ripley Post from the days of WW2. This post opened in 1938 and continued until the late 1970ís when it disappeared under the new dual carriageway from the M1 to Derby. Its replacement was at Ambergate, a few miles away, and this was the very last underground post to be constructed in the UK.
As well as painting the national picture of the ROC, the exhibition gave details of ROC activities in Derbyshire, including the Secondary Training Base at Derby which trained personnel for the Area Control at Fiskerton. There was also material relating to other posts in Derbyshire.
Secretary Ashbourne Section CROCA
#002 Uniform of 8Group's former GC, Leslie Mitton
#003 The last post meeting og the last post - 30/09/91