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Down Your Way: West Bay
11:00am Saturday 2nd November 2013 in News
SADLY, the absence of water from the basin outside the Riverside Restaurant meant that the scheduled lifting of the Sea Cadets Corps boats from their moorings was delayed.
Bridport Sea Cadet Unit is always on the lookout for new members. If you are between aged 10 and 18 and would like to find out more about their activities, please contact them on 01308 456601.
The unit meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm until 9.15pm and is open to boys and girls.
The much-heralded Routemaster belonging to the new landlords of The George is yet to make an appearance at West Bay. However, a book called Ruby the Routemaster by Christophe Dupuy with illustrations by Tim Duke is available at the price of £5 from Margaret and John’s kiosk on the Esplanade. I understand a sequel is shortly to be published.
The West Bay Community Forum that meets tonight is still active in matters concerning the ‘enhancement scheme’.
At a recent meeting of the highways and transportation sub-committee of the town council the forum presented concerns over two issues.
Those involved the changing of priority at the turn at the southern end of West Bay Road, and the need for a designated pedestrian crossing adjacent to St John’s Church. It is the forum’s belief that these matters could be resolved without yet another safety audit that the district council are threatening.
Sadly I have to report that Michael Harvey MBE, photographer and designer, has died. Michael published the book ‘Winter Boats’ featuring boats of West Bay in the winter.
More than the usual number of visitors journeyed to West Bay during the ferocious winds at the weekend in order to capture on camera some of the amazing scenes on the sea front.
Among the classic cars spotted was a pre-war ‘fantail’ Bentley open top tourer. A Morris Minor circa 1967 spent some time on the Esplanade on Sunday afternoon. Celebrating 65 years since they were first introduced, the Morris Minor has come in a variety of different models but this one, although not in concours condition, was a good example of basic engineering that has stood the test of time. Over one and half million were built and were powered by anything up to an 1098cc engine and capable of a top speed 78mph.