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Radar block makes Restoration cut
Sign at Bawdsey Transmitter Block
Bawdsey supporters want to create a radar museum
A derelict radar block has made it through to the final of the BBC Restoration programme - despite finishing second in a regional heat.

The Bawdsey Transmitter Block in Suffolk - where radar was developed - was knocked out of the competition by an old school in Birmingham.

But Bawdsey supporters are celebrating after the site emerged as the runner-up with the highest number of votes.

It will join seven other buildings in the Restoration final on Sunday.

Radar museum

The programme makers announced on Friday night that T block was the eighth contender in the Restoration final.

Voting has already started to find the series winner which will scoop the Restoration fund.

Bawdsey supporters have said they would use the money to restore the transmitter block and create a museum explaining how radar was invented.

Other finalists are: The Playhouse in Northern Ireland; Gayle Mill in the North; Sherborne House in the South West; Newbridge Memo in Wales; Archbishop's Palace in the South East; Knockando Wool Mill in Scotland; and the Old Grammar School and Saracen's Head buildings in Kings Norton, Birmingham.

The final will be televised live from Hampton Court Palace on BBC2 at 2100 BST on Sunday.

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