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188) Louis Backer  Male
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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 16:46

Nearly forgot - the huge long concrete apron that runs into the sea by The Warren. What was it for, when was it built and was it military? I also recall playing on old railway tracks nearby and exploring huge storage sheds (presumably long gone) which contained what I think were old military vehicles from WW2, they were huge and green.

Gerry Stone Saturday, 23 March 2019 16:41
I believe the concrete apron was built as part of the sea defences. It was built, or extended, in the late 40’s, early 50’s. As youngsters we used to watch the works from a distance and with ‘whippy’ sticks exchanged chunks of wet clay with the workmen!

We perched in a tree with interwoven creepers (the crows nest) which gave us some height in the battles!

There were also tunnels into the cliffs on the front which were a source of clean water, where it filtered through the chalk and exited through a rusty pipe.

A primus stove and tin can provided the means to make a cuppa.

The railway tracks provided a way of enlarging halfpennies when run over by trains which we could occasionally pass off as pennies!

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