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One from the archive!

Before things got really tricky security-wise, a visit to the Dungeness B Nuclear Power Station was an excellent trip. This photo was taken a few years ago when we were being given the security briefing before entering the hallowed portals of nuclear energy - but it's still worthwhile having a good look - and bringing back fond memories. On our first trip to Dungeness B we were even allowed into the nuclear reactor floor. There was very heavy security and we all had to undergo a thorough radiation check before leaving. A year or two later we repeated the visit, but security was much tighter and we were not allowed anywhere near the nuclear area. But Dungeness has many other charms apart from the power station. The vast and horizon-less shingle beach is a simply wonderful habitat for some specialist plants that cling on to life almost by the skin of their teeth. Then there are the many homes dotted haphazardly about - built long before planning authorities stepped in. Inevitably a good many have been converted to up-market holiday homes. And nearby you will find film maker Derek Jarman\'s garden at Prospect Cottage. And of course the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway terminates at Dungeness (and they run a brilliant cafe where the fish and chips are to die for...)

One from the archive!