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Nuclear power site's anniversary

Former workers at the Harwell reactor in Oxfordshire have gathered at the site to mark a double anniversary.

It is 60 years since the reactor was built when it was the first of its size in Europe. It is also 40 years since it closed down.

The workers met at the site, which is now used as a site to decommission other reactors and to remediate contaminated land.

Manager Ed Abel said Harwell was the forerunner of reactors in the UK.

Mr Abel said meeting the past workers will give them tips on how to perform better in the future.

"Talking to these nuclear pioneers, some who were here from the beginning will give us new material to help plan the decommissioning more safely and efficiently," he said.

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