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Fallout shelter picketed; bunkered.

One hundred CND supporters picketed a nuclear fall-out shelter overlooking Barrhead.

They were protesting in October 1979 against Government civil defence facilities which they claim do not protect the public.

The bunker was believed to be used by the Royal Observer Corps as part of a network which plotted damage and radioactive fall-out caused in a possible nuclear attack.

The event, organised by the Barrhead and Neilston CND, was attended by many Paisley supporters.

It was part of the national Operations Hard Luck exercise, which aims at highlighting civil defence shortcomings.

Earlier, 150 activists marched through Barrhead and heard speeches from Paisley CND chairman David Mellor and others.

Ian Leitch, chairman of the Scottish Campaign Against Trident, said:"While the Government is going ahead with plans to build up our nuclear arsenal even more, little provision is being made for the defence of the public in any attack."

David Mellor revealed that NATO's commander in chief claimed Britain's nuclear weapons could be scrapped if just one per cent more was spent on conventional weapons.

Mr Mellor said:"It took us much longer than four minutes to reach the bunker in Barrhead.

"We would only be given that warning for an attack.

"And we would have no shelter.

"It is obvious that only a chosen few would survive an attack.

"For us there is no chance of survival unless we completely disarm."

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
Date:Oct 6, 2018
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