Blackpool Herald, 23rd August 1941
PROTECTION FOR 85,300
BLACKPOOL IS RACING TO COMPLETE ITS PLANS TO PROVIDE AIR-RAID SHELTERS FOR
85,300 PEOPLE BEFORE THE DARK DAYS OF AUTUMN AND WINTER.
"Every shelter in the schedule should be built within the next eight or 10
weeks," reported Mr. James Drake, B.Sc., the Borough Engineer and Surveyor, under whose efficient
and enterprising direction the scheme has been designed and operated, to a "Gazette & Herald"
The total cost to the town of the 1.768 shelters will be about £300,000. The
remarkable progress of these ambitious plans to protect the town's increased population from air
raids deserves a chapter to itself in the history of Blackpool's municipal administration.
"Last November," recalled Mr.Drake, "the total accommodation in air-raid
shelters, exclusive of private shelters, was 12.000. Ever since, week after week, shelters have
been built until today there is already accommodation for over 70.000 people.
"There was a time during a peak period of this non-stop contract, when accommodation was being
increased at the rate of 3.000 a week at a cost, each week of about £12,000. Now the end is
Inside two months the last of the shelters will have been completed. Even then
"Halt" will not be called immediately, for afterwards a number of the shelters built last November
are to be strengthened, and will be encased in new reinforced concrete.
The accommodation in the various types of shelter in the completed scheme -is:
14,000 in public shelters 50,000 in communal surface, shelters, 9,800 in basement shelters, 16,500
in school shelters. All the public and schools shelters are built and already there is
accommodation for 37,000 in surface shelters and 3.600 in basement shelters.
At the present time, with the last of the shelters being erected, protection for an additional
1,700 is being built every week. It represents one of the Corporation's major