Celebration held for new stairs at Exmouth Coastwatch Station

AN ARRAY of dignitaries visited Exmouth Coastwatch Station to attend a ceremony held to mark the opening of new steps to the tower.

AN ARRAY of dignitaries visited Exmouth Coastwatch Station to attend a ceremony held to mark the opening of new steps to the tower.

Mayor Darryl Nicholas, BBC Devon presenter Judi Spiers and councillors Eileen Wragg, Mark Williamson and Bernard Hughes, were among the guests at the event last week.

Bill Nash, station manager, explained the improvement the new staircase had made to operations since it had been fitted.

He said: “It is safer than clinging on to the old ladder in foul weather; easier to move equipment to and from the watchtower; and has resulted in a new intake of volunteers including three women.”


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Entertaining the crowd of people in attendance, The Exmouth Shantymen performed a number of songs throughout the afternoon.

John Wokersien, clerk of the town council, harbourmaster Keith Graham, Richard Bishop, chairman of the Exmouth Rotary Club, Helen Joscelyn, the Tesco Community Champion, Jon Gifford, the NCI national chairman, and several watchkeepers, were also present.

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Before cutting the ribbon for the official opening, Judi Spiers, patron of the National Coastwatch Institution, talked about the good work it does in Exmouth.

Mr Gifford presented a 10-year-award to Yvonne Anderton to thank her for her work.

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