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War-scarred oak tree moved to Weston-super-Mare museum

An oak tree speared by iron railings during a WWII bomb explosion
Image caption The oak tree was damaged by a bomb that fell on Grove Park Pavilion
An oak tree speared by iron railings during a WWII bomb explosion
Image caption Railings surrounding the park became embedded in the tree
An oak tree speared by iron railings during a WWII bomb explosion
Image caption It has taken a year to preserve the chunk of tree and its railings
An oak tree speared by iron railings during a WWII bomb explosion
Image caption Weston-super-Mare Museum hopes it will be a lasting memorial to WWII

A tree which was speared by railings during a World War II bomb explosion has been preserved for display.

Bombs fell on Weston-super-Mare in January 1941, leaving buildings destroyed and this particular Grove Park tree embedded with park railings.

The tree became a feature of the park until May when storm damage meant it had to be felled.

Weston-super-Mare Museum said it had taken almost a year to preserve and transform the fallen oak and railings.

Museum supervisor Adam Brown said: "We hope this new exhibit will not only be enjoyed by our visitors, that it will also become a lasting memory about the Second World War for future generations."

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