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‘Save our Shackleton’

Thursday, 18 January 2018

‘Save our Shackleton’ thumbnailNorman Thorpe of the Shackleton Museum.

A BALLYKELLY historian has launched a petition calling for a halt to plans to demolish a significant part of local history at the former Shackleton Barracks.
Set up by Norman Thorpe from Shackleton Aviation Museum, the online petition is hoping to stop the proposed removal of "historically significant" buildings at the former Ministry of Defence (MOD) site to allow NI Water to construct a Water Treatment Facility.
Shackleton Aviation Museum is a cross-community NI registered charity covering the history of aviation in Ireland.
NI Water has confirmed it has purchased an area of land at the former Shackleton Barracks MOD site and confirmed it plans to demolish "some old and very basic" WW2 dormitory buildings, to build a Wetland Treatment Facility.
So far, Norman's petition has gathered a promising 122 signatures and sparked a lot of discussion online, with people from far and wide keen to show their support for the local site.
During WW2 many Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders, British and American airmen served at RAF Ballykelly, and many are laid to rest in the Commonwealth War graves at the local Tamlaghtfinlagan Parish Church.

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