Radar station runs out of luck

BAWDSEY radar station has today lost out in the BBC Restoration vote for renovation money.But its backers have said they are determined to carry on in their efforts to restore it to its former glory.

BAWDSEY radar station has today lost out in the BBC Restoration vote for renovation money.

But its backers have said they are determined to carry on in their efforts to restore it to its former glory.

A team of volunteers had hoped to win vital cash and support for a complete rebuild of the radar station through the BBC Two programme, fronted by comedian Griff Rhys Jones, where viewers are asked to vote for one of 21 buildings they would like to see restored.

Each programme in the series so far has seen three buildings compete for the chance to go through to the final and the Bawdsey Second World War transmitter block was up against a former grammar school in Kings Norton, Birmingham and Newstead Abbey in Ravenshead.


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But when the winner of the regional final was announced this morning as the Kings Norton Grammar School.

However, Mary Wain, chairman of the Bawdsey Radar Group said she would not be beaten and vowed to carry on with the project to restore the grade two listed building which dates back to 1935.

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"I don't mind really, I have a philosophy that I don't believe in failure," she said.

"Even though we haven't won anything with this we may have won the energy to keep going."

And Mrs Wain said the group would now start fundraising to keep the project going.

"Our next move will be fundraising, we need to raise the money to have a proper assessment done to get some concrete plans together. We need something in order of £10,000 to get us on the move."

All could not be lost for the group though, as an extra eighth building is expected to go through to the final along with the seven heat winners.

The highest scoring runner-up will be selected to go into the final, meaning Bawdsey could still scoop a win.

The announcement will be made on Restoration tonight, on BBC Two at 10pm.

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