Imber is a village on the Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England, that was deserted after being taken over by troops for training during the Second World War. The entire population of the village was evacuated in December 1943 and they’ve never been allowed to return.

Fifty years ago, in 1961, thousands of people marched into the village to protest the continued use of Imber by the army. Now, Imber is being remembered at a special event with music and storytelling at the West Lavington Village Hall on Saturday to commemorate the “ghost village”.

Imber was self-sufficient village, because it was isolated from the nearest large city of Warminster and it was this remoteness that was so was very appealing to the Army. The British Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that the village stills plays a vital part in training troops for operations in Afghanistan.

The buildings have been maintained within the village, including the medieval church. The site is also enhanced with additional training buildings.

Click on the link to the Audio slideshow: The lost village of Imber to hear and see a vivid account of how and why the village was taken over in 1943.

To learn more about the village of Imber click on the link to the Secrets of Britain’s Abandoned Villages in the BBC News Magazine There’s a clickable map that tells you about other abandoned places in the U.K.

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