Branscombe beach to have MSC Napoli anchor as permanent memento

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:16 10 June 2010

AN anchor from the MSC Napoli is to be unveiled on Branscombe beach as a permanent memento of the ship's stay in East Devon.

AN anchor from the MSC Napoli is to be unveiled on Branscombe beach as a permanent memento of the ship's stay in East Devon.

The ceremony is being organised by East Devon District Council after the cargo ship was beached off Branscombe's World Heritage Coast for 18 months at the start of 2007.

The anchor, which has been donated to the people of Branscombe and East Devon by the ship's owners, Metvale Ltd, will be unveiled on Wednesday 16 July at 11am at an official ceremony.

Representatives of many of the organisations and agencies involved in Operation Napoli since January 2007 have been invited to attend the formal unveiling ceremony, at the request of Councillor Graham Liverton, EDDC's portfolio holder environment.

The ceremony will be conducted by the chairman of East Devon District Council, Councillor Paul Diviani.

EDDC has built a plinth for the anchor on the apron to the beach and has provided an explanatory plaque and information board at the site.

The new site for the anchor has been donated by the Sellick Family of Branscombe.

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