Glimpse of the past at fortress

Nigel and Julie Peachey set up a World War II ops room at the Redoubt
Nigel and Julie Peachey set up a World War II ops room at the Redoubt

VISITORS stepped back in time at the Redoubt Fortress recently when an RAF operations room was brought back to life.

The living history event re-enacted the plots of three air raids that took place in 1940 with residents and holidaymakers invited to find out how an RAF plotting table would have been operated at a Sector Station operations room during the Second World War.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure Councillor Neil Stanley said, “The Redoubt Fortress made an excellent setting for living history events.

“Deco In Style did a brilliant job at giving a real insight into an RAF Operations Room and there was the chance for visitors to put their questions to the group too.”

Deco In Style were decked out in authentic period uniforms and in addition to the re-enactment of a Battle of Britain raid, also performed plots of air raids from 16 August 1940 at Tangmere and 18 August 1940 at Kenley.

Visitors were able to watch the group using equipment, which included a scaled down version of the plotting table at 11 Group HQ at RAF Uxbridge, and also includes speakers, an information tote board, typewriter and period publications.

The group have been performing these raids for the past two years, developing the display as a living history tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of those who took part in the Battle of Britain, especially for the surviving veterans, and as an educational experience for all.