Workers installing one of Scotland’s largest solar panel projects have unearthed a lost piece of military history.
Contractors were cutting back shrubbery during the work at a waste treatment plant in Montrose when they discovered a preserved air raid shelter from the Second World War.
The shelter was part of the former RAF Montrose site, just off the Angus coast.
The old base is said to be haunted by the ghost of a pilot who crashed at the site back in 1913.
Mari Davies, the project manager for Scottish Water Horizons who is carrying out the solar panel work, said the discovery was “interesting”.
She said: “The site was overgrown and we had to do a bit of work first to remove the dense shrubbery.
“Having liaised with the local council, we knew that in the past the area could have been home to munitions and radioactive material, all remnants of the Second World War.
“Thankfully nothing hazardous was uncovered which meant we were able to carry on with the work.
“However once we’d cleared the land, we made the unexpected discovery of the air raid shelter. Although an interesting find, it did mean we have to alter our plans slightly to fit round it.”
“The treatment works also sits on part of what was RAF Montrose which is said to be haunted by the ghost of Lieutenant Desmond Arthur, a pilot who crashed there in 1913. There have been many sightings of him over the years, but luckily none of our contractors had any paranormal experiences.
“Ghosts aside, the installation went without a hitch, and the team were careful to work around the operational needs of the site, meaning we were able to work without interruption.”