Wednesday 15th May 2019
On the 15th May 37 of us set off to Heysham to visit the nuclear power station. After a tour of the displays at the visitor centre, a talk on nuclear power generation and a safety and security briefing we were kitted out with our high vis jackets, safety spectacles, hard hats, ear defenders and electronic security passes. We were then split into groups and shepherded through the security systems by our 8 guides (no opportunities for wondering off or dallying) and finally were were in Heysham 2, which housed one of two nuclear reactors on site. We were not disappointed – a visit to the reactor top to see the refuelling system was followed by a visit to the control room and the turbine hall with our expert guides fielding all the many questions fired at them. After shedding all our gear 37 rather tired U3A members happily snoozed their way home on the coach.
If you want a fascinating trip run by highly competent staff who are dedicated to their jobs – visit Heysham Power Station!