Yes, it was called the Berlin Wall!

PUBLISHED: 15:15 25 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:53 10 June 2010

Having lived in Halsdon Road all my 60-odd years, I have to agree with Bob Wilks (Journal letters, October 16) and disagree with him. Yes, we did have a fantastic view from the ground level over the estuary and still do from upstairs, though for how long

Having lived in Halsdon Road all my 60-odd years, I have to agree with Bob Wilks (Journal letters, October 16) and disagree with him. Yes, we did have a fantastic view from the ground level over the estuary and still do from upstairs, though for how long, if Asda gets their way. Where the bank and Marine Way are now was the shunting lines for the old steam trains. The sheds where the trains were housed were just before where the underpass is now. The trains would shunt down as far as the signal box and then back onto the lines. The signal box was where the pumping station is at the top of our road. This, of course, was at the level of the fences along our road. He is also wrong when he says the lines were single until outside the station. In fact, along with our lovely station which should never have been demolished, we had four lines and two single platforms and a double one in the middle. I can remember just before we lost dad (Frank Thorn) someone from the council sat in our dining room, telling dad they were going to build that bank and road, but not to worry because they would plant it with flowers and shrubs and make it look great. What have we got? A weed infested waste ground that, if we are lucky, gets cut twice a year and then they do not clear up after they have cut it.By the way, Bob, your wife would most likely remember my two sisters, Peggy and Patsy Thorn, and you are right - it was called the Berlin Wall among other things unprintable.Margaret Setter,21 Halsdon Road, Exmouth

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