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Lutton Marsh volunteer is commended for maintaining Holbeach Royal Observer Corps station in Holbeach

A volunteer has been commended for his service to maintaining a military post.

Dave Hagen (74), of Lutton Marsh, has been giving up his time to maintain the Royal Observer Corps Underground Monitoring Station at Holbeach.

This dedication over the last four years has resulted in Mr Hagen receiving a commendation from the Heritage Alliance, which is the heritage governing body.

Dave Hagen has received a commendation (45712282)
Dave Hagen has received a commendation (45712282)

The monitoring station is a cause close to Mr Hagen’s heart as he had served in the Royal Observer Corps.

Mr Hagen said: “I am over the moon to have received the commendation. I can’t believe it.

“I am just doing something that I really enjoy.”

The Royal Observer Corps had played an important part in the Second World War by spotting enemy aircraft.

The unit was reformed in the 1955 to staff nuclear bomb monitoring stations.

Mr Hagen had been the chief observer for the King’s Lynn Royal Observer Corps.

Four years ago, he was inspired to volunteer with Heritage Lincolnshire after visiting the monitoring station during an open day.

Since then Mr Hagen has given up his time to maintain the montoring station inside and out.

Along with tackling jobs like mowing the grass, he has also sourced equipment to make the station as realistic as possible.

It is hoped that Heritage Lincolnshire will be opening the monitoring station to the public again in September if restrictions permit.

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