GOSWICK SANDS IN WORLD WAR 2
Thanks to David Middlemas for this contribution
Although it was not the only station between Alnmouth and Tweedmouth to close for economic reasons in 1941, Goswick’s closure to the public possibly served a further purpose.
There is a concrete watch tower on the dunes only a few hundred yards south of the station site. Whilst this was initially constructed as part of the coastal anti-invasion defences it was latterly used and modified as an observation tower for ground attack exercises.
It is likely that the nature of the activities at Goswick would have been kept as secret as possible and the station closure – at least for the public – would have possibly been justifiable for this reason alone. Doubtless it would have been utilised by the military not least for bringing target material and observers onto the site. Of course all public access to the area would have been prohibited for safety reasons as well.
After the war, the sheer volume of unexploded ordnance found on the beach caused an extensive clear-up operation by the War Department (later the MOD). As recently as 2012 there was a small, yet permanent, RAF presence on the beach which ‘carefully disposed’ of (i.e. ‘detonated’) unexploded air-ordnance on a regular basis.