Letter to the Times: I was very interested to read Ben Macintyre’s chilling article on nuclear confrontations in the Cold War that very nearly went white hot having recently visited a fascinating exhibition titled on ‘Protect and Survive, Britain in the Cold War’ which closed in early November at the National Archives in Kew, having opened in April. One of the curiosities unveiled was the revelation that the regional government bunker in Wales – of which there were 14 across the UK – set aside for political big-wigs to escape the falling atomic bombs, was in Brecon, in the South Wales mountains: except, that is, for Sundays, when it was in nearby Abergavenny. This is revealed in a hitherto Top Secret classified document displayed in Kew. But no explanation was offered for the double end-of-the-world refuge in Wales.
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