A NEW documentary airing tonight will highlight the important part Malvern College played in turning the course of the Second World War.
‘The Cotswolds and Beyond with Pam Ayers’ visits Malvern to meet BBC presenter and local girl Anne Diamond to discover the hidden secrets of Malvern’s radar families.
Dubbed ‘The Hidden Bletchley’, the Telecommunications Research Establishment in Malvern is where scientists fine-tuned the radar systems which helped lead Britain to victory during the conflict.
Keith Metcalf, Malvern College Headmaster, said: “Around 2,000 radar scientists moved from the South Coast to Malvern during the war when the coast became too dangerous for them, with some of them staying here at Malvern College.
“It was because of them that Britain’s fighter pilots knew the enemy was incoming before they should have known.
“But of course it was all top secret – but now thanks to Anne, the true heroism of these young men and women is being realised.”
As the daughter of a radar scientist, Anne Diamond is passionate about shining a light on the heroic efforts of her ancestors.
Keith added: “It was a privilege to welcome Anne along with Pam and the TV crew to Malvern College so they could explore Malvern’s radar history.
“I’m sure many Malvern locals have no idea of the significance their town and their ancestors played in the war – so we’re excited to help bring this story to them.”
The Cotswolds and Beyond with Pam Ayers airs at 8pm on Channel 5 tonight (Friday, September 9).