AN ANDERSON shelter from the Second World War remains intact in a Barnsley back garden.

The council house, off Darfield Road, Cudworth, had been home to Dorothy Allott, 90, who died just before Christmas.

Neighbour Terry Francis wondered what might happen to it when her house is re-let.

He said: "It's still intact and solid. It's gone rusty on the outside but it's not rotten at all.

"She was a lovely lady, Mrs Allott. One of the best neighbours you could have.

"I don't know what will happen to it now. It's lasted all this time."

Anderson shelters were issued free to all householders who earned less than £5 a week, and those with a higher income were charged £7. They started going up in gardens from February 1939.

They were designed to be dug in about four feet, with earth mounded on the top leaving the door exposed.

Around 1.5 million Andersons were distributed from February 1939 to the outbreak of war. During the war a further 2.1 million were erected.

Mrs Allott had lived at the house for 40 years and the shelter had always been at ground level while she was there, with a wooden door in place of the corrugated iron.

It's likely that someone raised it out of its hole after the war to use it as a shed.

A Berneslai Homes spokesman said: "It's not normally our policy to demolish outbuildings such as Anderson shelters, as long as they're in a safe condition."