Sirens used in world war two.
2 Jan 07
I think most of them have been removed now, Deeeky. There were two shelters inside the back gate of my primary school and a siren halfway along the school fence, between front and back gate. They used to test it every so often. I haven't heard or seen one for years though, and I noticed that the shelters have even been levelled out now and closed up. I think it's a shame really, that they have disappeared, because they were a part of British history. Just a thought... but perhaps they kept one or two for the War Museum, in London?
• Edinburgh, Scotland
2 Jan 07
I was only enquirng due to the nature of the state of the world at war these days. It would be nice to know that we could be alerted early enough so that we could get dressed and watch the impendeing threat. God help us!!
2 Jan 07
Yes, it would be good to have some sort of warning, but perhaps for some people, they are not a pleasant reminder or even to peace destroying an implement for the present day. Maybe it would be good to start a discussion on what type of warning could replace the sirens, other than tv and radio, which I think could be another reason sirens were taken out? One suggestion might be a central alarm button which, when pushed, alerted individual council offices, whose buttons activated simultaneously, triggering off household, cars and public buildings' alarms(in other words, personal alarms). That way, everybody would be warned within seconds. Costly? Yes, but if the idea was open to people to purchase their own, it might just work. What do you think?
4 Jan 07
In my town they are still in use. I used to hear them quite a lot when I was a kid and an air raid warning was simulated. The sirens were those at the fire houses in each area. My father was an air raid warden and he would have to go around the neighborhood checking to see if any lights could be seen. All the windows in every house had black window shades that wouldn't let the light shine thru if one happened to be left on during the raid warning. It was lots of fun sitting there in the dark and telling stories or singing. I'm sure it was a pain in the butt for the adults but my brother and I had a ball.