A COCKERMOUTH pensioner has spoken about the heroic part he played following the country’s worst nuclear disaster more than 60 years ago. David Staton, 90, of Lancaster Court, was one of those who doused the flames of the 1957 Windscale fire. He was 27 at the time, an electrical engineering graduate working at the Windscale and Calder works (now known as Sellafield). One of the ‘piles’ – primitive nuclear reactors making plutonium for Britain’s first atomic bombs, overheated and caught fire, setting in motion a terrifying series of events.
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