A FALKLAND potter whose partner unearthed a wartime bomb just a few weeks ago has discovered her own ‘blast from the past!’
In an amazing coincidence, Linda Knowles found a device in her Westport garden identical to the one her partner Bob Beveridge recently unearthed on East Lomond. It’s thought they could even have been dropped by the same aircraft!
Linda was working on Saturday evening in an area of her huge garden that has lain virtually untouched for years.
“I was clearing the area to turn it into a vegetable garden when I saw this thing sticking out of the ground,” she explained.
“I called Bob, who was amazed to see that it was exactly the same as the one he’d found on East Lomond. We called the police, who decided that it should be dealt with by experts, so a team from the army bomb disposal unit in Edinburgh were brought in.
“Luckily, unlike the bomb that Bob found, it turned out to be spent and safe to handle.”
Having found an unexploded wartime grenade in the garden some years ago, Linda is understandably a little wary of venturing farther into the garden and Bob has issued a warning others to be careful where they dig!
“It was quite common for bombs to be jettisoned from German aircraft which were running low on fuel and needed to lighten their load,“ he said.
“They would have been in the area trying to target the Forth Rail Bridge or Rosyth Dockyard.
“It may well be that both these bombs came from the same aircraft.
“There may be more similar bombs in the vicinity as the harsh frosty weather has caused them to creep above ground level.
“In any event, the army specialist advises that they should not be disturbed, but left where they are until an expert opinion is sought.”