Helping out during bomb scare

Members of the WRVS pictured at Valley Sports Centre during the time of the Gateford bomb scare in 1990.
Members of the WRVS pictured at Valley Sports Centre during the time of the Gateford bomb scare in 1990.

THIS week’s Archive Corner picture was sent in by Guardian reader Helen Vesey.

It’s a photo she took of WRVS volunteers who made meals for people whose Worksop homes were evacuated during a bomb scare.

Around 200 people spent two nights at the former Valley Leisure Centre, on Valley Road.

Mrs Vesey, of Garside Street, Worksop, said: “I think it happened in the early 90s.”

“I used to work behind the bar at the centre and I stayed all night to help out.”

“I lived on Sandy Lane then and I went home to fetch a fold-up bed and duvet for a lady with a bad back and walking stick.”

Mrs Vesey said they had music playing and activities for the children.

“The atmosphere was brilliant, everybody mucked in together,” she said.

Worksop Leisure Centre admin officer Suzanne Chambers said it happened when a World War Two bomb was discovered when the second phase of Gateford was being built in 1993/94.

Mrs Vesey said everybody living in the vicinity had to leave their homes as a precaution. Those who had nowhere to go were given a bed and food in the leisure centre.

Mrs Vesey, who is now retired, worked at the leisure centre for nine years.