World War Two ‘Romney’ hut moved piece-by-piece to Sunderland

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A HISTORIC Second World War building is to become the latest attraction at a Wearside museum.

The Romney hut, one of only a few still standing, will be transported 13 miles from its home in Plawsworth, near Chester-le-Street, to the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum (Nelsam), in Washington.

The move came about after Durham County Council agreed to fund the £4,800 dismantling of the 100ft-long building, with Nelsam picking up the bill for transportation costs.

Museum trustee Brian Dixon said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have it here. There are only a few still around, so it will be a welcome addition to the museum.”

Nelsam will now seek funds for its reconstruction, launching a £25,000 appeal to build a foundation plinth. “It basically comes in small sections, so it’s just a case of loading it on to a lorry to get it here,” said Mr Dixon.

“What we need to do now is raise the necessary funds to re-build it at the site.”

The Romney hut was part of the home-front camp at Plawsworth, where the Bevin Boy conscripts who worked in the Durham coalfields lived.

It is hoped the building will be part of an exhibition about the wartime workforce, and house the attraction’s growing collection of military vehicles.