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Clients of Voisin Law enjoy a unique ‘Fall Out Cocktails’ event

Emma Nicholson | 06/07/17

Clients of Voisin Law were treated to some unique island history when they were invited for drinks at a special venue that once served as the Island’s Cold War bunker.

The law firm, in conjunction with Jersey Heritage, hosted the event at the unusual location of an old bunker in Springfield Crescent on Trinity Road, close to Springfield Stadium. One of the family of Jersey Heritage sites, the bunker was once used as Jersey’s Civil Emergency Centre and Nuclear Monitoring Station.

Guests mingled and enjoyed cocktails and canapés alongside the relics of a time when a secret team of Islanders worked in this small nerve centre, planning and preparing to protect Jersey from nuclear attack.

They were given a tour of the bunker, built during the Second World War as part of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall and enjoyed exclusive access to the main control room, tiny radio studio and viewed artefacts such as radiation suits and government communications of the time.

Thanks to a talk by Professor Lucy Sullivan an expert in modern history from Sussex University, they also learnt more about the enormous impact this particular period had on life today.

Voisins Law Managing Partner Ian Strang said: “We feel really privileged to be the first to host an event like this and are really grateful to Jersey Heritage for partnering with us and allowing us to enjoy an evening at such a unique venue.

“Not only did we get to enjoy the company of our clients but we all got an insight into both local history and a dangerous time when there was a real world threat of nuclear attack.”

The bunker is not currently open to the public but Jersey Heritage plan to open it up for special tours in the future.

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