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‘Top secret’ event at the Beacon Portal

THE BEACON Museum is kicking off a season of commemorations for the 75th VE day anniversary.

It starts with a special ‘Talking Tuesday’ on March 10, featuring a lesser-known World War 2 story from Copeland.

HMS Volcano was a secretive naval base located at Holmrook Hall during the war, and Beacon Museum learning officer Alan Gillon will be discussing what was locally referred to as a ‘stone frigate’ naval facility.

The grounds of Holmrook Hall were used to train bomb disposal teams in preparation for D-Day, and nearby Drigg beach was considered the perfect location to mirror conditions on the Normandy coast.

This talk replaces the planned one about smugglers on the Solway coast – this will now be given at a later date.

The talk commences at 2pm, and entry includes hot drinks and sweet treats. Visitors can book ahead by calling 01946 592302, or by emailing


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