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MILTON KEYNES BC TAKES ON BLETCHLEY PARK

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Bletchley Park - the UK's codebreaking centre during the Second World War, described by Winston Churchill as 'the k...
Bletchley Park - the UK's codebreaking centre during the Second World War, described by Winston Churchill as 'the key to victory' - has had a lifeline thrown to it by Milton Keynes BC, reported BBC Radio 4's Today programme. Bletchley has long faced the prospect of closing down because it has not had enough money, despite housing an important museum that contains the world's oldest computer.

The council last night voted to back a rescue package which could secure private as well as public funding for a complete refurbishment of the park. Christine Large, a member of the Bletchley Trust, told the Today programme: 'It's a bit premature to say we've been rescued, but whatever the size of the rescue package - and I think we should be talking millions - it's very good news because the council, which is a longtime partner of the trust, will be bringing us more security, financial strength and political clout, especially in the strong line they will be taking on housing and redevelopment.'

The council would give the trust a much better credit rating in its efforts to secure the o20-30m it is aiming for in its national heritage lottery bid. And the council's initiative will allow the trust to link up with people like Bill Gates of Microsoft, who might have the vision to develop the park and house.
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