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Former British Military Hospital Bar In Germany Reopens For One Night Only

The British Military Hospital in Rinteln, Germany, along with its Junior Ranks Club, closed in 1997.

A long-abandoned military hospital bar has been brought back to life for one night only.

The British Military Hospital in Rinteln, Germany, along with its Junior Ranks Club, closed in 1997.

Twenty-one years after serving its last customer, some have returned for the re-opening at the old bar.

It is a place former military nurses like Mike and Anne Bramley never thought they would see again.

Mr Bramley talked about the feeling of being back after so long:

"It’s strange. I’m not emotional yet but I may well be later on.”

Rinteln bar

After BMH Rinteln closed it was converted into a home for elderly and special needs patients.

For years, the building with the bar remained untouched and has only now been refurbished.

The present boss Herbert Meier says upgrading other buildings on the site has taken priority.

Alan Legge was BMH Rinteln’s last Regimental Sergeant Major: “One of the last parties that we had in Rinteln was an all ranks function in this very room," he said.

“Nothing’s really changed."

“The way that they have transformed the place, when you consider it has been empty for 21 years is just extraordinary.

“For me as a regimental sergeant major – I didn’t really come in that often.

"However, there were some wild parties that went on here and there were some fantastic functions that we had.”

The bar has re-opened to mark a double anniversary - 21 years since BMH Rinteln closed and 20 years since the new owners took over.

Ian McBride worked in the hospital’s dispensary and hasn’t been back in half a century:

"You look back at the big gap of 50 years, it’s a lot. All the things I’ve done but it is great to be back."

The one-time forces bar could open again – the present tenants believe it would be ideal for staff functions.

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