A WWII smoke mortar was discovered in a bunker at the Dunstaburgh Castle Golf Course on Sunday, leading to the temporary closure of two of the holes. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team from Catterick confirmed that the item was smoke-filled and removed it for disposal.
The Northumberland coast was heavily-defended during WWII and pillboxes and gun emplacements were positioned along the golf course.
Golf courses in general were often requisitioned by the military during WWII as defended positions, or for use as accommodation camps and training areas. UXO finds are therefore not uncommon in such areas. Although the device proved to be harmless, the appropriate action was taken by informing the Police as soon as the discovery was made.
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